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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Astronomers have told us how they plan to meet an alien

A new plan of action in case scientists discover Earth in space aliens, provided astronomers Duncan Forgan and Alexander Scholz from St. Andrews University in Scotland. Their work on this subject to be published in the scientific journal Acta Astronautica.

According to experts, the first collision of people with an alien civilization will be one of the brightest events in the history of mankind, however, despite the huge number of science-fiction literature on this subject, to prepare the inhabitants of the Earth will be very difficult, writes The Independent.

Scientists say that this is hardly the first evidence that people are not alone in the Universe, will be the direct contact and reasonable aliens. According to Duncan Forgan, most likely, the discovery of aliens will be marked by a more prosaic event — for example, the detection of traces of artificial contamination on any exoplanet, or a huge man-made object in space, built by aliens to harvest energy or for any other purpose. The Forgan notes that he’s pretty skeptical even to information on potentially artificial objects, which reported serious scientists — most likely, a more detailed study of these celestial bodies show that they are of natural origin. At the same time, to exclude completely the possibility that one day the traces of extraterrestrial intelligent life will be discovered, the scientist is not intended.

Astrophysicists say that in 1989, a Committee of scientists representing the project to search for extraterrestrial life SETI, was presented with a plan of action in case of detection of an alien civilization. According to the proposed algorithm, the discoverer must work together with colleagues to double-check your own conclusions, then alert the state structures, then share their findings with the wider scientific community and only then to issue a press release to a wider audience. However, to date, according to Forgan and Skaltsa, such a strategy may fail: in the Internet age, information spreads very quickly, and in the form of rumors she may well become known to a wide audience before it is provided by the current plan. Therefore, scientists propose to act the opposite way — in the case of a suspected discovery of other civilizations immediately to disclose this information, while specifying just how high the chances of confirmation open, fully explaining its essence. This will allow people to get information “first hand” that will increase their trust in scientists and will not allow rumors to fool them about what is happening, the researchers said.

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