2029 would be the date on which we would receive the first extraterrestrial communication, or so say a number of scientists.
Something that totally sounds like science fiction could end up being a reality this decade, and it would be the first extraterrestrial contact with Earth, and we’ll see if in a good way or not.
Despite the fact that it is estimated that there may be millions of extraterrestrial civilizations in the universe, no one has ever contacted us, and that suggests that at least in the Milky Way, we are apparently totally alone.
And another new study suggests that this same decade, specifically in 2029, there would be the first real possibility of extraterrestrial contact.
This new study co-led by howard isaacson of the University of California maintains that those messages emitted for the first time by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 already reached two nearby stars in 2007, and that if there were extraterrestrial civilizations there, they would have already found the signal, and if they sent it back , we would be about to receive them.
“These spacecraft have communicated with the Deep Station Network (DSN) radio antennas to download scientific data and telemetry data. Outward transmissions from the DSN travel to the spacecraft and beyond into interstellar space. These transmissions have found and will find other stars, introducing the possibility of intelligent life in other solar systems encountering our terrestrial transmissions.says the study.
“We use the beamwidth of the transmissions between DSN and the interstellar spacecraft to search around the past and future positions of each spacecraft obtained from the JPL Horizons System. By performing this search in the Gaia Catalog of Nearby Stars, a catalog of precisely mapped stars within 100 pc, we determined which stars the transmissions from these spacecraft would encounter.“, Add.
“We highlight the stars that are in the background of DSN broadcasts and calculate the dates of these encounters to determine the time and place for life alien smart potential to find terrestrial transmissions“, says.
But obviously, there are also skeptics, and one of them is the radio astronomer Jean Luc Margotfrom the University of California, who argues that “our insignificant and infrequent transmissions are unlikely to result in detection by aliens”.
“The probability of another civilization residing in this little bubble is extraordinarily small, unless there are millions of civilizations in the Milky Way.”, he maintains.