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Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

Andy The Hat Silver badge

I can just imagine the alien conversation ...

"Q'ta, did though sense a momentary, less than statistically significant increase in em emission through your fourth tenticular sensor?"

"Where Thwar'p? Gyrate your eighth ocular node in its general orientation."

"I though it came from that inconspicuous star over there. I've been monitoring it for the last billion years of our technologically advanced civilisation just in case another civilisation developed and decided to contact us with a sensible length communications stream, or the omnibus box-set of "East Enders of the Universe" which is a continuous data stream on Galactic Dave-ja-vu. Sorry, my mistake. I've licked the end of my tenticular sensor and it's gone ..."

A bit like any meteor watching session on Earth:

"Look at that one!"

"Where"

"Where you weren't looking and the opposite direction to that pointed at by your camera."

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