I’ve Sent a Music Message to the Aliens of Gliese 526. Let’s See If They Answer.

At 17:29 PT last night, I was the 84th person to send a binary text message to whoever (or whatever) may be on a planet (or planets) circling a star called Gliese 526, which is 17.2 light years (118,291,636, 552 miles) away in the constellation of Boötes. 

In the fall of 2030, the message will arrive.  If there’s someone (or something) to receive and translate it, they’ll read “Do you need more Chuck Berry?  We have some.”  (If you don’t understand the deep cosmic significance of that question, go here.)

This is part of the Lone Signal project, an attempt by scientists, investers and entrepreneurs to stop just listening for alien messages (a la SETI) and to start broadcasting our own.

In other words, we’re trying to attract attention to ourselves–which, of course, may or may not be a good thing.  But if the invation comes, it’ll come no earlier than 2047–assuming, of course, the folks around Gliese 526 have figured out fast-as-light travel.  If they’ve got warped drive, they’ll be here sooner.

If they’re coming to hear more rock’n’roll, I, for one, will welcome our new alien overlords.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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