Why The $100m ‘Alien Listening Project’ May Be A Huge Waste Of Time

New hunt for alien life: Professor Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire back $100 million quest to find ET by 2025

A new search for intelligent alien life using two of the world’s most powerful telescopes has been launched by leading scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking.

The telescopes will scour one million of the closest stars to Earth for faint signals thrown out into space by intelligent life beyond our own world.

Scientists taking part in the $100 million (£64 million) initiative will also scan the very centre of our galaxy along with 100 of the closest galaxies for low power radio transmissions.

We might be listening to the talents of vocal artists like Taylor Swift, but distant stars are only now just starting to hear jazz from the 1940s.

The Whitburn Project has mapped how far radio waves from Earth have travelled since they started being broadcast more than 100 years ago.

These transmissions have not only beamed around the world but also out into space at the speed of light.

Around five light years from Earth, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, is just starting to receive hits from 2011, including Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

Nearing 10 light-years away, around the star Ross 154 or V1216 Sagittarii, music from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Fergie would be heard.

Mariah Carey’s 1990 hit Vision of Love is likely to be playing as the animation reaches 25 light-years from Earth, near the star Steph 538.

At 31 light-years from Earth, when songs from the mid-1980s including Wham’s Wake Me UP Before You Go-Go would only just be arriving at the constellation Ursa Major.

As the animation reaches 75 light-years away in the Comae Berenices constellation, the sounds of Glenn Miller Orchestra and jazz tracks from Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra ring out from the 1930s and 1940s.

And when it reaches 105 and 110 light-years away, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon by Billy Murray and the Haydn Quartets would be playing.


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