Aug 28, 2023
1983, two Japanese scientists, Masaki Morimoto and Hisashi
Hirabayashi, pioneers in the field of radioastronomy and the search
for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), got inebriated as they
celebrated the Tanabata star festival. They decided to use a radio
telescope at Stanford to send a message to one of the brightest
stars in the sky, Altair.
the message was information about our planet, our evolution, the
human species, and even a high-spirited sign-off, sending both the
English word "TOAST" and the Japanese equivalent, "KANPAI" (乾杯).
And I love the playful sentiment. 40 years later, their scientific
progeny are listening for a response. Spoiler alert. We haven't
heard back... yet.
we also explore the nature of these and other messages to possible
intelligent alien life out there listening like we are. We touch
upon SETI, the Arecibo message, and a few other attempts at
establishing a first contact with an extraterrestrial alien
species. Thanks so much for watching.
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