Whale song sent out into deep
TO CONNECT TO OTHER LIFE FORMS
Canadian Consulting Engineers: : As
part of the celebrations for Earth Day on April 22, live
whale song from the
oceans around Hawaii is being beamed trillions of miles into deep space.
This is the first time live whale song has been broadcast into space,
although discs with whale song were sent on board the Voyager Spacecraft.
Sirius Institute in Hawaii arranged for
the live transmission by contracting the
Deep Space Communications Network in Cape
Dr. Michael Hyson, research director for the Sirius
Institute, said "We feel it is important to invite the Cetacea (dolphins and
whales), the oldest sentient race on the planet, to our Earth Day
celebration and share their songs with the universe."
The whale song is recorded by a volunteer group, "The
which has placed an underwater microphone (hydrophone)
on a floating platform near an area of active marine life. From there, using
a 250mW experimental VHF transmitter, the sounds are beamed to a receiver
onshore on the Island of Maui and then fed to an internet audio connection.
To blast the songs into space, Deep Space Communications
Network is using a 5-metre parabolic dish antenna. It estimates the sound
will reverberate 3.5 light years into deep space, covering a distance of 18
Whales and dolphins use sound to navigate and communicate
across vast oceans. The "The
Whalesong Project," web site notes
that their sonic world is now being threatened by human activities such as
military technologies, scientific research that uses high intensity sound,
and undersea explosions related to the search for oil and minerals. Ocean
life is also under siege from global warming, carbon dioxide dumping, and
chemical and radioactive pollution.
(Please visit the web sites marked in red hilite in this news
posting just by clicking on the hilite to learn more about this news item
and also whale preservation and space exploration)
Since humans first gazed
at the stars, they have wondered if there is someone or something out there.
Are we alone?
The topic of extraterrestrial life continues to be one of
the most fascinating enigmas of all science. Governments and Universities
have spent millions of dollars pinging the universe to try to find and
contact other life forms beyond our earth. You have most likely seen the
giant antennas and radio telescopes, such as the Arecibo Observatory in
Puerto Rico that was featured in the James Bond Movie “Golden Eye” and the
Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia featured in the movie “Dish”
that look out into interplanetary and deep space for answers.
Space Communications Network is a private
organization located right next the Kennedy Space Center. DSCN was formed
specifically to communicate with outer-space by a group of broadcast
engineers and communications experts that regularly transmit from the space
In STAR TREK 4 MOVIE: THE VOYAGE HOME
the Whalesong was
used by space ship ENTERPRISE to save the planet Earth from destruction by
the alien space ship which would determine if a planet was friendly if it found whales by picking up their Whalesong....May be this present project by
Communications Network to
Whalesong 3.5 billion light years = 18 trillion miles is the
sound the alien spaceship in the Star Trek movie is talking about in the
23rd century to come....