After almost 50 years of waiting for aliens to contact us, Australia's Cosmos Magazine has decided to be a bit more proactive. In honor of Australia's national science week, the magazine is giving you a chance to have a message of your choice beamed to the nearest Earth-like planet.
In 11 days, NASA's Tidbinbilla radio telescope, located in Australia, will send the extensive text message to Gliese 581b, a planet 20.3 light years away. Gliese 581b has been identified as a rocky planet roughly as far away from its star as Earth. That means of all the exoplanets discovered to date, it has the best chance of harboring liquid water, and thus intelligent life.
The catch is that Gliese 581b orbits a very dim red dwarf star. That means that the distance where liquid water would be present is far closer to the star than Earth is to the sun. At that distance, there's a chance the Gliese 581b is subject to an intense gravitational forces that has stopped the rotation of the planet, leaving one side stuck forever in a frozen night while the other side bakes in an endless day.
But let's assume that Gliease 581b is rotating, and harboring intelligent life waiting to receive your text message. Head on over to Hello From Earth and tell the people at Cosmos what you want sent to the aliens.
So far, 7,142 people have volunteered a text, and most of them are pretty sappy. I know Popsci.com readers can do better. So, before you go the site and phone E.T., tell us in the comments section what message you want texted into space. Will it be more of the "hello from the peace loving people of Earth" type of message? Or will you go with the more classic "omg, did you see what Ashton just tweeted?!" kind of text? Looking forward to hearing what you're thinking. Just remember to keep it clean, there might be alien children reading this.
Have your people contact my people and we can do lunch?
See you at the Superbowl this year!
You are cordially invited to attend and participate in the first intergalactic Olympics to be held in the low gravity environment of the planet Mars in 2052. Please R.S.V.P. posthaste for the best seating and accommodations. Remember your Visa/Mastercard.
My dad can beat up your dad.
Could I have directory assistance, please? I'm trying to reach Elvis Presley.
When you get here, drive American.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop?
Has The Six Million Dollar Man gone into reruns there yet?
It appears from our records that your digital satellite bill is past due, please remit payment as provided in your contract from the broadcast of the 1938 Olympics.
Tastes great, or Less filling?
Did Your kids have their Flinstone's vitamin today?
Just up for sale! Never before offered, once in a lifetime chance to own this wonderful bridge in the New York borough of Brooklyn. Excellent earnings potential for motivated buyer.
Our Sun is better than your Sun.
Watch it, buddy. I got my eye on you.
You know, it's impolite to eavesdrop...
Your Intergalactic Travel permit is hereby rescinded. Reason(s) Littering at or around the environs of Roswell, NM.
People of planet Gliese 581b:
We have just learned that life exists on your planet. We will arrive shortly after you receive this message to kill everybody.
Hey Gliese 581b,
Can I have a bailout for my student loans? My government wont give me one.
I've sent this message:
Can anyone guess what it means without using Google?
Hey what happen man? I called but u didn't answer, get back at me asap.
There are no aliens fox. You can find aliens in films and books only.
did you kno if you have five dollars and chuck norris has five dollars chuck norris has more money then you?
I would like to submit a no tax free psychedelic drug trade pact with you. Come over and take a rip some time dudes. Wait what was I toking about? Ummm have you found the key to peace love and happiness?
I can't decide which one to use:
“… I’m going to be really pissed if this message is picked up by some pre-teen alien listening in on his home-made ham-radio. Kid, tell your alien father wassup for me. Peace.”
“We are preparing to invade your planet. Be warned. All must be assimilated.”
“IS this thing on…. Hello? Is someone there?”
“I think it’s amazing that you are 20 light years away and you know how to read English. Kudos.”
Hey, what are you doing tonight?
@ laci272: I'm guessing that's binary for ASCII text. I don't feel like deciphering it. I don't think aliens would either.
greetings, follow me on facebook and twitter
if you can read this, you're and intelligent life form!
CONGRATULATIONS :D <-bad sideways representation of human face
Please come save me and take me with you!!!! Our government is ruining our country and way of life!!!!! HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have you guys invented robots and laser guns yet? Because we really want robots and laser guns.
Please do not run, we are your friends. Nub nub nub.
We were able to detain your lost citizen by electing him to be our President, ha ha, a great idea by one of our political operatives! Anyway, please come and collect him ASAP, before he completely destroys our country! Thanx!!