Friday, August 4, 2017

What to do when you intercept/receive an ET message

1. Is it really extraterrestrial?

2. Get confirmation from other astronomers. (If extraterrestrial, tell your government.)

3. If convincing: announce to International Astronomical Union, Secretary General of the UN, inform SETI groups.

4. Make the first public announcement.

5. Make data available to all.

6. Everyone carefully record & disseminate signals.

7. Protect frequencies.

8. Don’t broadcast back to the ETs! Requires debate.

9. Study signals. The SETI Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics keeps a list of experts to call on.

(As for No. 2, "tell your government," I've seen those movies. That never works out well. And No. 8 -- If I can broadcast back, you better believe I'm sending a "Dude, got your message!" Or, "Dudette." Depending.)

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