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Artist Hopes to Communicate With Aliens by Beaming GIF Into Space

by Brandon Russell | June 17, 2013

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Scientists are eager to determine whether we’re alone in the universe. Evidence certainly suggests a planet such as Mars once supported microbial life, and many other findings point to plenty of Earth-like planets filling the cosmos. So if there are extraterrestrial beings out there, making contact is a priority. That’s why have initiatives such as the Long Signal METI (Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) experiment, which wants to send out a GIF (below), of all things, out into space.

Spearheaded by conceptual artist Kim Asendorf, the GIF is being sent toward Gliese 526, a constellation around 17.6 light-years away. The animation itself is odd and confusing and pretty boring; it’s what will represent humanity should E.T. or some other alien intercept the GIF. Maybe I just don’t “get” what Asendorf is attempting to communicate. At least send up a GIF of Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

Asendorf chose the constellation of stars because it’s considered a potentially habitable solar system. The signal isn’t expected to arrive until 2031, giving us plenty of time to plan a welcoming party for whatever alien race decides we’re interesting enough to come visit.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...