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Message 4627 - Posted: 4 May 2006, 13:42:32 UTC
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in how many years YOU think we'll find ET? 10, 20 or 100 years.....

do you have any hope it will be in your lifetime? tell me what you think depth in your heart ;)

I don't know if is possible, but what if we receive multiple information inside the signal, how long you think will take us to decode the message?

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Message 4631 - Posted: 4 May 2006, 20:38:35 UTC

I suspect that because of the vastness of the Cosmos, that it could take thousands of years to "Discover" ET. But we need to keep looking, or otherwise we'd be sitting on our "Beach" with our heads in the sand.

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Message 4632 - Posted: 4 May 2006, 21:23:15 UTC

The problem is that we're only looking at a narrow band on the Northern Hemisphere. They could've been sending us jingles, music, radio & video messages in perfectly lip-synched English for years now on the Southern Hemisphere. Yet we're not looking there yet, not through Seti at least...

So for my choice, it would be... some day. But long after our bones turned to dust and our computers are stored in a museum. ;)
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Message 4633 - Posted: 4 May 2006, 22:58:45 UTC

Another problem is one of technology. Consider a civilization a thousand years advanced over ours (or a million years). Would their technology, even physics, be a little different than ours? Probably. If we were to send a message a thousand years into earth's past, could our ancestors decode it? Probably not considering they knew nothing of radio waves. And the technology of an advanced civilization may be so far ahead of our that it could be broadcasting to our radio telescopes right now and yet we couldn't hear it. Between time and distance, we'd have to get "lucky" to discover ET.

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Message 4635 - Posted: 4 May 2006, 23:55:00 UTC - in response to Message 4632.  

The problem is that we're only looking at a narrow band on the Northern Hemisphere. They could've been sending us jingles, music, radio & video messages in perfectly lip-synched English for years now on the Southern Hemisphere. Yet we're not looking there yet, not through Seti at least...
Out of the entire flick, the only noteworthy line from "Armageddon" was "Well, sir, it's a big-ass sky, and we only have a budget to cover 2% of it..."
So for my choice, it would be... some day. But long after our bones turned to dust and our computers are stored in a museum. ;)
That's assuming we don't blow up the planet.
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Message 4636 - Posted: 5 May 2006, 0:07:14 UTC

Thank you for your answers!

well, Tom Johns maybe you are right. But you have to consider that Radio Waves are a completely natural component in the Universe, just think of Pulsars, or Radio Galaxies.

They should have used Radio Waves in the beginning of their technological development (just like us), maybe we can "catch" some civilization using this "primitive" wave.

they have to remember their own origins ;)...

Communications must been kept as simple as posible, so I think this is a perfect way to begin the first contact...

and yes, Ageless. we need something on the Southern Hemisphere, there is a proyect called ALMA which uses many radiotelescopes, but it doesn't even consider using this technology for Seti. Those telescopes are for other purposes.

here is the link: ALMA


and here is a nice drawing of ALMA: Radiotelescopes
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Message 5850 - Posted: 5 Aug 2006, 17:18:27 UTC - in response to Message 4627.  

in how many years YOU think we'll find ET? 10, 20 or 100 years.....
do you have any hope it will be in your lifetime? tell me what you think depth in your heart ;)


Maybe in the next 15 years. I would like to see Project Cyclops in my life time to find even more aliens. ;)


I don't know if is possible, but what if we receive multiple information inside the signal, how long you think will take us to decode the message?


Maybe it could be decoded in under three years or so.

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Message 5994 - Posted: 11 Aug 2006, 22:19:19 UTC

I'm going to go out on a limb and say... some time in the next 100 years.

I'm hoping that we (humans) will (at least) detect something clearly artificial and clearly not of terrestrial origin; we can then spend the next few decades trying to figure out what exactly it was that we detected.

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Message 6401 - Posted: 3 Oct 2006, 10:21:31 UTC

Hi to all, I think if there is "anybody out there" transmitting something,
they are doing it NOW. AS WE SPEEK. I think that if we are waiting for them
to evolve so they can learn to transmit, we may aswell quit now.

We certenaly need to keep changing our methods of secrching. This is how
we will find signals. Its ok though, seti have only just started to realy
understand what it is we are looking for. The more "results" that come
back as zero, the better we will get at looking in different ways.
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Message 13306 - Posted: 15 Jan 2007, 4:51:33 UTC
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Life will be found on on Mars, Europa will be next, under the ice, someone sending radio signals, who knows, but in 100 years where will our tech be? What additional tools will the next 100 years provide? Wright brothers in Ohio, to space missions leaving our solar system? Sci-Fi channel today, old hat the tomorrow. My son will see people living on Mars, he is 7 years old, what other things will he see in his life time?
I look forward to what we will discover, like a child I am wide eyed, and hopeful.
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