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I have sent short messages to Mars, asteroids and been included on-board other space probes...all on a small chip. The Chicago Astronomer gets around...
Now, here is your opportunity to send a message to Gliese 581d - a planet thought to support conditions for life...
An artist’s impression of Gliese 581d, an exoplanet about 20.3 light-years away from Earth, in the constellation Libra
From Cosmos Magazine:
"This site is collecting messages that will be transmitted to Gliese 581d, a planet outside our Solar System which may support life. Comments are moderated: inappropriate messages will be rejected, and messages must be in English (so we can evaluate them).
Register here to send your message before the deadline: 5pm Monday 24 August 2009 Sydney time (07:00 GMT Monday 24 August 2009)"
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Aug 19, 2009 1:16:53 GMT -6
This just in......
"Hi Chicago Astronomer Joe,
Your interstellar message has been logged. It will be transmitted at 28 August 2009 at 12 noon (Australian Eastern Standard Time) to Gliese 581d, the nearest Earth-like planet to us, by the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Australia.
Your message should appear on the HELLO FROM EARTH site in the next 10 minutes or so.
However, please be patient! All submissions are moderated by real human beings right here on Earth. If the number of submissions is very high, it may take longer than usual for your message to appear.
Please spread the word, email your friends/family & fellow workers about the site and get them to send their messages!"
Chicago Astronomer Joe Founder, Administrator and Chief Astronomer
Telescope/Observatory Docent Facilitator Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Astronomy Instructor Instituto Del Progresso/IHSCA
Astronomy Program Instructor British International School of Chicago /Lincoln Park Campus
Resident Astronomer Chicago Park District Nature Oasis/Night Out in the Parks/ 606 Trail
Sorry, Joe, but this is the most foolish idea imaginable. I implore you to put a halt to the plan. I seriously doubt there is any intelligent life on that planet, but on the slim chance there is, then ringing a dinner bell could result in the most disastrous consequences. The potential for harm far outweighs any conceivable advantages.
Last Edit: Aug 19, 2009 11:06:02 GMT -6 by Centaur