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Astronomers To Decide What To Do When E.T. Calls

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 12:44:11 -0400
Archived: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 12:44:11 -0400
Subject: Astronomers To Decide What To Do When E.T. Calls

Source: The Daily Yomiuri - Japan


Oct. 21, 2007

Astronomers To Decide What To Do When E.T. Calls

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Domestic astronomers will gather early next month to discuss
which institution people should report to should they detect
signals from aliens as part of the Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence (SETI).

The International Astronomical Union has prescribed that those
detecting such signals should first report to an institution
connected with the SETI and national authorities.

In Japan, however, it has not been settled whether this body
should be the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or the Prime Minister's

More than 30 domestic SETI researchers will gather at the study
meeting to be held at Hyogo prefectural Nishi-Harima
Astronomical Observatory on Nov. 4. They decided to meet because
although signals have not yet been detected, they believe "the
time is nigh."

SETI is a generic name for a variety of projects searching for
signals from intelligent life. It has been ongoing since the
1960s, mainly in the United States, and includes analysis of
electromagnetic waves from space through means such as
specialized telescopes at Harvard University.

Individuals can also participate online in the analysis of huge
volumes of data.

The IAU has a set procedure before any announcement of "contact"
can be made. This is because "information must not be disclosed
until the reliability of evidence is confirmed."

The relevant institution should first investigate the signal. If
it is certain it comes from aliens, it should report it to the
U.N. secretary general and other senior officials via the IAU's
central astronomical observatory.

The Nishi-Harima observatory has been searching for signals of
alien life since September 2005 with its Nayuta astronomical
telescope. Its two-meter aperture makes it the largest in the

"If a person were to detect a signal tonight, they would have
trouble deciding what to do," said Shinya Narusawa, chief
researcher at the observatory. "I hope we decide on a policy
including whether to leave the decision to the Astronomical
Society of Japan."

[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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