Days after the latest video captured by International Space Station has sparked yet another debate over the existence of aliens, astronomers have sent an encoded radio message to a neighbouring star system, one of the closest known to contain a potentially habitable planet or alien planet.
The much-anticipated mission was conducted by a group of scientists from the Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) International and researchers further explained the matter to the world.
Scientists hope the encoded radio signals will be received by someone or something from that neighbouring star system, in reference to which Earth will get a message back within 25 years.
The target star is GJ 273, also known as Luyten's star, a red dwarf in the northern constellation of Canis Minor, just 12 light years away, said the scientists.
The star has two planets. One of them, known as GJ 273b, orbits within its 'habitable zone' and could potentially harbour liquid water, and perhaps life.
"I think that is an unlikely outcome, but it would be a welcome outcome," Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, was quoted while talking about the same.
The message was beamed from an antenna in Norway.
It was sent on the anniversary of the 'Arecibo message', a radio transmission beamed towards a distant star cluster in 1974 from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.
However, now it's been a long that scientists all over the world are working each and every single day to get some sort of response from those lives who are believed to have existed on other habitable planets far beyond our solar system.
The latest attempt by Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence has further raised the ray of hope to get a significant response anytime soon.