Known as METI ( Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence ), the group is hoping to communicate with an alien civilization by actively sending greeting messages.
The organization is currently planning to send its first messages before the end of 2018.
The first target will be Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf situated only 4.2 light years away. Earlier this year astronomers discovered a terrestrial planet there that could have the potential to support life.
- Conduct scientific research and educational programs in Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
- Promote international cooperation and collaboration in METI, SETI, and astrobiology.
- Understand and communicate the societal implications and relevance of searching for life beyond Earth, even before detection of extraterrestrial life.
THE ZOO HYPOTHESIS
The zoo hypothesis was thought up in 1973 by MIT radio astronomer John Ball. He posited that, yes, there might well be intelligent aliens out there, but maybe they are simply ignoring us, forcing us to live in a cosmic ‘zoo’ or wildlife sanctuary where they can monitor our activity without disturbing it.
In other words, the hypothesis assumes that alien life is out there, but it’s so advanced, it either does not want to influence our primitive society, or it knows not to get involved with other intelligent lifeforms.
This makes sense when you consider that life might have evolved and progressed at a much quicker pace on other planets in our galaxy.