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If the sun's gravity could be used to create a giant telescope, people could send and receive intensely magnified signals that could allow us to call an alien civilization, some researchers propose.

"If we use the sun as a gravitational lens, then we can keep in touch with our own probes even at considerable interstellar distances," said Claudio Maccone, technical director of the Paris-based International Academy of Astronautics, and author of a new study on the mechanics of the proposed technique. "This is key to exploring the neighborhood of our galaxy in the centuries to come," he said. And alien civilizations might have already discovered this means of long-distance calling, Maccone said. If so, we might be able to intercept their messages.

Pretty interesting article, it will be very cool when they do decide to get this technology going!

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Kind of like when the moon propelled the space shuttle.
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so its liek a mass relay?
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Originally Posted by subliminally incorrect;11708503 
so its liek a mass relay?

No.
    
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Less than a milliwatt to communicate 4 lightyears.... crazy.

A wifi router puts out about the same power....
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo;11708824 
Less than a milliwatt to communicate 4 lightyears.... crazy.

A wifi router puts out about the same power....

Yeah, I was also surprised by the power (or lack thereof) required for that.
    
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Originally Posted by cl04k3d;11707053 
Kind of like when the moon propelled the space shuttle.

space shuttle, or probes?
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Let's find out what/who ET is before we start shouting out to everything.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coupe;11709793 
Let's find out what/who ET is before we start shouting out to everything.

Or if there even is an E.T. buttkick.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stealth2o;11709818 
Or if there even is an E.T. buttkick.gif

Don't doubt there being life elsewhere... its nearly IMPOSSIBLE to be the only planet with life out of the infinite planets out there in the universe...
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