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A Beacon in the Galaxy: Updated Arecibo Message for Potential FAST and SETI Projects

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
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Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
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Industrial Product Design, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, 9747 AS Groningen, The Netherlands
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Chevron Energy Technology Company, Houston, TX 77002, USA
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School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
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Department of Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, Beijing100875, China
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Applied and Computational Mathematics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
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Academic Editor: Giovanni De Cesare
Galaxies 2022, 10(2), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies10020055
Received: 1 March 2022 / Revised: 22 March 2022 / Accepted: 23 March 2022 / Published: 25 March 2022
An updated, binary-coded message has been developed for transmission to extraterrestrial intelligences in the Milky Way galaxy. The proposed message includes basic mathematical and physical concepts to establish a universal means of communication followed by information on the biochemical composition of life on Earth, the Solar System’s time-stamped position in the Milky Way relative to known globular clusters, as well as digitized depictions of the Solar System, and Earth’s surface. The message concludes with digitized images of the human form, along with an invitation for any receiving intelligences to respond. Calculation of the optimal timing during a given calendar year is specified for potential future transmission from both the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope in China and the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in northern California to a selected region of the Milky Way which has been proposed as the most likely location for life to have developed. These powerful new beacons, the successors to the Arecibo radio telescope which transmitted the 1974 message upon which this expanded communication is in part based, can carry forward Arecibo’s legacy into the 21st century with this equally well-constructed communication from Earth’s technological civilization. View Full-Text
Keywords: galaxy; interstellar; radio message; civilization; earth; binary; radio telescope galaxy; interstellar; radio message; civilization; earth; binary; radio telescope
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Jiang, J.H.; Li, H.; Chong, M.; Jin, Q.; Rosen, P.E.; Jiang, X.; Fahy, K.A.; Taylor, S.F.; Kong, Z.; Hah, J.; Zhu, Z.-H. A Beacon in the Galaxy: Updated Arecibo Message for Potential FAST and SETI Projects. Galaxies 2022, 10, 55. https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies10020055

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Jiang JH, Li H, Chong M, Jin Q, Rosen PE, Jiang X, Fahy KA, Taylor SF, Kong Z, Hah J, Zhu Z-H. A Beacon in the Galaxy: Updated Arecibo Message for Potential FAST and SETI Projects. Galaxies. 2022; 10(2):55. https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies10020055

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Jiang, Jonathan H., Hanjie Li, Matthew Chong, Qitian Jin, Philip E. Rosen, Xiaoming Jiang, Kristen A. Fahy, Stuart F. Taylor, Zhihui Kong, Jamilah Hah, and Zong-Hong Zhu. 2022. "A Beacon in the Galaxy: Updated Arecibo Message for Potential FAST and SETI Projects" Galaxies 10, no. 2: 55. https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies10020055

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