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MIT wants to use a laser to attract foreigners and that sounds good to me

Technology MIT wants to fire a laser beam in space to attract aliens. Sounds good. Get a convincing long reading…

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MIT wants to fire a laser beam in space to attract aliens. Sounds good.


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In what is a sign of hope or pure desperation, the local science community has more and more looked beyond the stars.

Harvard scientist saw a giant rock that went through our solar system and dared to dream it, who knows, maybe it’s an alien “lightsail” that goes through space emptiness via gadgetry we can only begin to understand. Perhaps they theorized in a legitic scientific journal this week, it was an alien probe.

Now, MIT enters and has another great idea. Graduate student James Clark has publicly announced a proposal to shoot a high-grade laser in deep space to attract foreigners to the ground. There would be a “beacon” of varieties that would awaken intelligent creatures far from our presence and perhaps lure them to let go of or chat with us through their own lasers.

According to a report published in the astrophysical journal the beam would be pushed through a large telescope (we speak at least 100 meters above, which is greater than anything) and would pack enough an infrared punch to It could be discovered as far as 20,000 light years away. If an intelligent civilization out there looks, especially if they live near Proxima Centauri, the star closest to ours, a message could come to them in as little as four years. The beam can also potentially be used to communicate.

“While the likelihood of closing a handshake with even nearby extraterrestrial intelligence is low with current survey methods,” reads an abstract for the study, “Full-grain research for SETI and other purposes can reduce the average handshake for decades or centuries.” [19659006] It would be a barrier to complete this goal, for sure. Shooting an incredibly powerful laser in a giant telescope would be a challenge and could be dangerous. Because it could blind someone who saw it or distort satellite technology, a place would have to be picked carefully to minimize damage, possibly the moon. Talk to MIT News, Clark emphasizes that this is just a feasibility study, adding, “Whether this is a good idea, it’s a discussion for future work.”

You know what I’m saying go for it. Beware the aliens. Let’s just see what they have to say about all this. Perhaps they can come here before we plan the planet without return and the seaport is under 10 meters of sea water.

Let’s get it on the moon.

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