Trivia Thursday: Extraterrestrial Life

Trivia Thursday: Extraterrestrial Life

As monoliths enter India and Harvard professor Avi Loeb ‘confirming the existence of Aliens‘ in his latest book, ‘Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth‘, let’s take a look at trivia around extraterrestrial life this Thursday.

Crux of the Matter

In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at the attempts to find the extraterrestrial life.

The Fermi Paradox
The Fermi paradox, named after Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations and various high estimates for their probability.

Breakthrough Listen
Breakthrough Listen is a project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial communications in the Universe. With $100 million in funding and thousands of hours of dedicated telescope time on state-of-the-art facilities, it is the most comprehensive search for alien communications to date.

The Arecibo Message
The Arecibo message is an interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and Earth that was sent to globular star cluster M13 in 1974. It is humanity’s first attempt to use radio waves to actively communicate its existence to alien civilizations.

Area 51
Area 51 is the common name of a highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facility located within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component of unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore.

In July 2019, more than 2 million people responded to a joke proposal to storm Area 51 which appeared in an anonymous Facebook post.

Cosmic Pluralism
The earliest recorded assertion of extraterrestrial human life is found in ancient scriptures of Jainism. There are multiple “worlds” mentioned in Jain scriptures that support human life. These include:

  • Bharat Kshetra
  • Mahavideh Kshetra
  • Airavat Kshetra
  • Hari kshetra

The Wow! Signal
The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal received on August 15, 1977, by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope in the United States, then used to support the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The signal appeared to come from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin.

Protection Against Aliens
The 1967 Outer Space Treaty and the 1979 Moon Agreement define rules of planetary protection against potentially hazardous extraterrestrial life.

Take a look at our last week’s Trivia Thursday here: Different Kinds Of Calendars