Monday, March 12, 2012

Alien Encounters Premiers Tomorrow on Science

Hardcore science meets the search for alien life as Alien Encounters: The Message debut on Science tomorrow March 13th.

The show explores, from the SETI perspective, how talkative aliens might reach out and touch someone if they wanted to contact us here on Earth.

ALIEN ENCOUTNERS brings together renowned experts including Nick Sagan and SETI Institute’s Dr. Jill Tarter to explore how alien life might communicate with Earth. Some of the world’s leading scientists explain the scientific, cultural and psychological effects a first contact with aliens would have on humans. ALIEN ENCOUNTERS is a part of SCIENCE’s Are We Alone? initiative happening the entire month of March.
This is only the first part of the event as the follow up, The Arrival (NOT the '90s era flick with Charlie Sheen) will air on March 20th and sounds even more interesting.

In two dramatic hours, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS lays out a plausible hypothetical scenario for a first contact event. What would really happen if we got a message from space? How will humans react when we learn that a message from a distant technology or a spacecraft is on its way to Earth? Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects? Some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and sci-fi writers help unravel the scientific, cultural and psychological impact of this world-changing global event. This show is made in cooperation with The SETI Institute which was founded in 1984 and had renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan as one of its Board of Trustee Members. Carl’s son Nick is now following in his father’s footsteps wondering, “How will we meet our galactic neighbors?”
The action touches down on the Science Channel starting tomorrow night at 10pm EST