Native Eastlake to make an effort to communicate with the asteroid


EASTLAKE, Ohio – Michael Lee Hill is an Eastlake Ohio native who hopes his music plays a part in letting the universe know that humanity is here on Earth.

Hill and a team, using a powerful radio transmitter and an array of antennas located in Arizona, will send signals to Oumuamua, an unusually shaped, narrow asteroid or comet that was first detected in 2017 by astronomers at Hawaii. The object, which has never been photographed, is now en route to Neptune and the extensions of our solar system.

He hopes the transmission, which begins on Christmas Eve and continues through December 26, produces an object response that catches the attention of the mainstream scientific community.

“You know, I think it’s very important, I think, to give this item back,” Hill said. “They are actually pointing the network and the antenna in the direction of Oumuamua.”

“Really, if we’re not alone, and what the team members think is that when Oumuamua passed through our solar system, he might have waited for the appropriate response. The right transmission that had the right key. I think it’s super important because they need to know we’re ready for contact.

Cleveland State University research astronomer Jay Reynolds told News 5 that the effort to reach out to Oumuamua and wait for a response is a very long plan at best.

“We’ve never photographed this object, we’re basing it on evidence,” Reynolds said. “This object is very reflective and also has this little push, so it accelerates.”

“But there is no evidence that it is anything other than an asteroid or a comet. So, what a gain, because there is no evidence to suggest that there is any thing there to receive a signal or to respond to a signal. “

“You and I can send a signal tonight and get a response, but that’s not confirmed until someone else does the exact same thing and gets a similar response. So until then, everything is just speculation. For any science to be accepted, it must go through a rigorous investigation, a rigorous confirmation process. “

“But it’s people like me who say they might be wasting their time, when in fact they might not be. So take a look, it would be very exciting, I would be very excited. So go ahead, do it, I totally agree. “

Hill is also working with Richard C. Hoagland, who rose to prominence for his comments with network news anchor Walter Cronkite during the Apollo launches.

“Just as we are trying to get the attention of Oumuamua, if we can get the attention of the scientific establishment, then we will be successful,” Hoagland said.

David Sereda is also part of the team, acting as a message advisor, and helped create the musical and mathematical message to send to Oumuamua.

“It’s so important to find out not only that we’re not alone in the universe, but how to communicate with someone else in the universe,” Sereda said. “It will have to be mathematical and / or musical. This is where art meets science, music is a form of communication, and what founds music are mathematical harmonies.

The message to Oumuamua will feature the original Hill Morning Star song.

“So giving us an olive branch is very important, so they understand, listen, I think they can handle this and they’re not going to panic,” Hill said. “The fact that we are trying to communicate with them is very, very important to all of us.


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