Monday, February 04, 2008

Positive Vibrations

Reader S. T. Banovitch points out that The Be-atles' Across the Universe was not, in fact, the first song inflicted on aliens.

From the LiveScience Blog, SETI Battle of the Bandwidth: Beatles Outsignaled by Bob Marley, we learn that in 1999 and 2002, Charles Chafer leased the large (70 meter) steerable radio astronomy dish in Evpatoriya, Ukraine and beamed over 100,000 messages from people from all over the world to several stars they had selected on the basis of possibly having an Earth-like planet near them.

Apparently there's a bit of a kerfuffle of this "active SETI" - beaming signals deliberately into space where someone might actually intercept them and come over to see what the commotion's about.

Frankly, since it's 431 light years away, iirc, I'm not going to worry too much.

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