ARECIBO, Puerto Rico – If the Earth had a Facebook page, it would not have updated its status for 45…
ARECIBO, Puerto Rico – If the Earth had a Facebook page, it would not have updated its status for 45 years. Much has happened since then – new jobs, millions of born international breakouts – and it’s time for an update.
Forty-five years ago, the Arecibo observatory raised a status for the earth into the universe in the form of a radio letter telling us about our galactic neighbors a bit about humanity.
974, a team collaborated with Cornell University with the famous astronomer Carl Sagan to find the perfect “hello” to the universe that best represented all people. The result was a series of 1 679 binary numbers representing elements in matte human DNA and the Earth’s place in the solar system. Arecibo then beamed the radio on a cluster of stars in the constellation of Hercules, 25,000 light years, or about 147,000 trillion miles from the earth. During the 44 years, it has remained only 259 billion.
After almost half a century, officials at the Puerto Rico observatory say it is time for an updated intergalactic status update.
Arecibo officials in Puerto Rico announced Friday, the announcement of the 44th anniversary, that the observatory plans to once again radiate a powerful radio message into deep space, but this time putting the contents into the hands of Earthlings who actually have social media: students.
“Our society and technology have changed a lot since 1974,” Arecibo Observatory Director Francisco Cordova said. “So, if we mounted our message today, what would it say? What would it look like? What would you need to learn to be able to design properly updated Earthlings message? These are the issues we face young people around the world through the new Arecibo message – the global challenge. “
On Friday, Arecibo presented the rules for international competition – along with a Google doodle that marked its birthday, creating a new message.
The National Science Foundation-funded facility, run by the University of Central Florida, is the largest observatory in the world. A varied group of students from all over the world are invited to compete, but it will not be easy.
Team of 10 students from kindergarten through college must solve puzzle-like challenges to come in. The first task will be on Friday afternoon on Arecibo’s website.
Cordova says that the competition organizers have some surprises for the participants.
When the law decodes clues, solves puzzles and learns about space science, part of the challenge will be released on December 16th. Teams will be selected in March and have nine months to complete their designs.
On November 16, 2019, the 45th anniversary of the first radio transmission, Arecibo will announce winning entry.
“We can not wait to see what our young people around the world are doing,” Cordova said.
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