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What If ET Ever Phones Our Home?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:31:46 -0500
Archived: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:31:46 -0500
Subject: What If ET Ever Phones Our Home?




Source: BBC News

http://tinyurl.com/7p3rrdu

15 January 2012


Alien Hunters: What If ET Ever Phones Our Home?
By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News

For decades we've been sending signals - both deliberate and
accidental - into space, and listening out for alien
civilisations' broadcasts. But what is the plan if one day we
were to hear something?

If we ever detect signs of intelligent alien life, the people
likely to be on the receiving end of a cosmic signal are the
scientists of Seti, aka Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence.

This loose band of a couple of dozen researchers around the
world doggedly listens to the cosmos in the hope of catching
alien communications. It's often in the face of scant funding
and even ridicule.

They watch signals coming from the world's largest radio
telescopes, looking for anything unusual, or even the flashes of
laser "lighthouses" designed to catch our attention.

Seti started as one man using one telescope dish in 1959. Today
computers are used to sift through the cosmic radio traffic,
flagging up to astronomers any potential calls from
extraterrestrial life.

But what might happen if one of those computers found a bona
fide alien phone call?


[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

[Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00mp4b1 ]





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