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Scientists say giant lasers could attract aliens like moths to a porch light


The search for intelligent life in the universe has apparently been lacking one thing–a killer laser light show.


In the study, published in The Astrophysical Journal , James Clark, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, argues that focusing the beam of a 1- to 2-megawatt laser through a telescope and aiming it toward outer space could produce an interstellar Bat Signal of sorts, allowing our planet to stand out next to the light of the sun.


“I don’t know if intelligent creatures around the sun would be their first guess,” Clark says, “but it would certainly attract further attention.” Once contact was made, Clark says the lasers could potentially be used to send Morse code-like message via light pulses.


“With current survey methods and instruments, it is unlikely that we would actually be lucky enough to image a beacon flash, assuming that extraterrestrials exist and are making them,” Clark says.


“However, as the infrared spectra of exoplanets are studied for traces of gases that indicate the viability of life, and as full-sky surveys attain greater coverage and become more rapid, we can be more certain that, if E.T.


Also, if you’re going to have a laser light show in space, how do you know if aliens prefer Zeppelin or Pink Floyd?






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