If extraterrestrial civilizations are watching our TV

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The first tv images of World War II are about to hit Aldebaran star system, 65 light years [ly] away. If there’s anybody out there alive and with eyes to see it, the barrage of actual and dramatised footage of WW2 will keep them shocked and/or entertained for decades to come. Which is just as well, for they’ll have to wait quite a few years to catch the first episodes of such seminal series as The Twilight Zone and Bonanza (both 1959), just about now hitting the (putative) extraterrestrial biological entities of the Mu Arae area (appr. 50 ly). The Cosby Show, Miami Vice and Night Court (all 1984) should be all the rage on Fomalhaut (25 ly). Meanwhile, the sentient, tv-watching creatures near Alpha Centauri (4.4 ly), our closest extrasolar star, are just recovering from the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show during the 2004 Superbowl.

All this is assuming, of course, that the aforementioned extraterrestrials prefer American tv to, say, German Fernsehen. And – this surely is the greater assumption – that our terran television signals are able to penetrate the universe in a way that makes them receivable in the far-flung corners of our galaxy.

  • Math
  • July 23, 2009, 5:18 am
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    Now, what would be truly spectacular is the inference of human civilization they take from all of our tv broacasts

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    Very interesting! +3

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    Especially from Family Guy! haha

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    That certainly made me think.

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    I wish spongbob were here.

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    kwl

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    ....Wouldn't they eventually be able to get an internet signal on their own planet? Woulnd't it be awesome if some alien registered for sharenator?

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