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In 12 years the aliens might hear the messages that we beamed to them
In an attempt to reach out to life that might be existing beyond planet Earth, scientists and artists came together to create and beam messages onto nearby planets that they believe might contain life.

And within how long can we expect the aliens to receive our message? Not that far - 12 years.

GJ 273 is a red dwarf star that is about 12 light-years away from Earth and of the two planets that it has, the second one known as GJ 273B is suspected of being capable to support life. 

The messages were beamed in binary codes at two radio frequencies. 

Will they understand our message? The scientists believe that understanding is not the purpose, but laying foundations for future communications is. And yet, the scientists have said that they have tried their best to create a message that provokes the aliens to send a response.

The project has been received with considerable scepticism among the scientific community that is involved in search for extraterrestrial intelligence. One of the reasons for this scepticism is that the scientific community is more focused on listening and looking for signals that the space already contains or might have been beamed towards Earth by aliens. Some have even claimed that beaming such messages might increase the chances of an alien attack. 

However, the scientists who beamed these messages have dismissed such claims saying that radio & TV signals have been leaking into outer space for so many decades and if aliens have not attempted to attack planet Earth yet, so these messages shouldn't be seen as something that will provoke them to launch an attack on Earth. They have also said that such messages are not an invitation to visit earth or attack it, but only an attempt to establish an interstellar communication. 

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