Our popular exhibit “Send a message to space” is now online! Your students can access the small dish on the roof above the Cosmos at the Castle exhibit at Blackrock Castle Observatory to target a known exoplanet and send a message to any inhabitants.
The target list is regularly updated. It now includes some of the new planets spotted by the Kepler Space Telescope. Many of these are in multi-planet systems, so there is a much greater chance of getting a reply. Unfortunately some of the stars are over 3000 light years away – so you might be waiting a while for a response.
Teachers at schools in Ireland can register to use Send a Message in their own classrooms. Registration is free and all sessions are free with the support of Discover Science and Engineering (now part of Science Foundation Ireland).