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Using the Sun to call E.T.

Communication satellites using the sun's gravity to focus radio waves (credit: Claudio Maccone)
Communication satellites using the sun's gravity to focus radio waves (credit: Claudio Maccone)
Scientists think the sun could be the best communication device for contacting intelligent extraterrestrial life.

A new study suggests that the sun’s gravity could be used to create a giant telescope that would magnify signals, both incoming and outgoing. The study also suggests that stronger signals could be achieved by using relay spacecraft to create a network connected by “radio bridges.”

Claudio Maccone, technical director of the Paris-based International Academy of Astronautics, and author of this new study on the mechanics of the proposed technique, explained, “If we use the sun as a gravitational lens, then we can keep in touch with our own probes even at considerable interstellar distances.”

The study appeared in a recent issue of the journal Acta Astronautica.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. is nassa sending any space probe to the sun to see weather or not its gravity wave can be use for detecting earth like planets or communication with ETs. please reply

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