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The total legend that is Stephen Hawking has warned us that we could be in danger from alien invasion, if they happen to exist.
Aside from being an absolute lad at heart, Hawking is a renowned cosmologist, author and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He knows his shit, so listen up.
Hawking has warned that life outside of this world could not only exist, but it could also be dangerous to our existence.
He has already shed light on the possibility of extra-terrestrial life living on Earth-like planet Gliese 832c. But his recent revelation has revealed how we should react should aliens get in contact with us.
Despite the planet being a whole 16 light years away, Hawking reckons that we should still be able to 'hear' from aliens if they are out there, reports the Daily Star.
"One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this," he commented.
However, the scientist raised some serious questions during his half-hour programme, Stephen Hawking's Favourite Places, as to how we should communicate with aliens, reported CNET.
"We should be wary of answering back," he said on the programme. "Meeting an advanced civilisation could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn't turn out so well."
Hawking's warning comes as NASA are reportedly hunting aliens, according to planetary scientist James Green.
Green believes that the experts are as close as ten years away from finding other life in our solar system.
I'm with Hawking on this one. We've seen enough sci-fi action to understand that messing with unidentified face-hugging aliens only results in chaos.
Why are we trying to understand other species when we haven't even figured out our own yet?
Featured image credit: Stephen Hawking's Favourite Places/CNET/Eric Mack
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