A team of astronomers led by Dongzi Li at the University of Toronto say they have detected a strange signal in deep space.
This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:
- So, we have detected some signals from a galaxy far, far away. Or not. Why do we even bother? It can’t be cheap to set up these special telescopes and monitor what they pick up. Isn’t there a better way to spend money? Or is it important to listen for messages from beyond our solar system? What do you think? Discuss as a class or in groups
- Write a 200 word piece about the signal being a message from aliens. What are they trying to tell us?
- Why should aliens come to Earth on holiday? Create an advert persuading them to visit our planet that really sells the benefits of coming here
- Look up the nearest star system to ours and create a fact file for it. How far from us is it? How long would it take to get there?
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