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11/09/2015 12:06 BST | Updated 11/09/2015 13:59 BST

Letter To Aliens To Be Written By UK Researchers

A group of researchers from the UK have decided to pen a message to aliens, in the hopes of making contact.

The decision was put to a vote at the UK Seti Research Network (UKSRN) conference in Leeds on 7 - 8 September.

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Their to bid to make contact will enter an international competition titled Breakthrough Message -- an initiative launched in July by Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.

The aim would be to create a digital message representing humanity and planet Earth. And the grand prize for accomplishing such a feat is $1,000,000.

While the group of 20 members were united about composing the message, they remained uncertain about whether to send it.

Dr Anders Sandberg of Oxford University who was among the voters said "We did a show of hands and we were perfectly evenly split," the BBC reports.

"What we could agree on was that it was worthwhile and important to try to devise that message, so that we can reach the best possible version," Dr Sandberg told journalists at the British Science Festival.

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While researchers debate the wisdom of sending out a digital letter, the group have already made progress on what the content might be.

There have been talks of drafting one message with pictures and the other with mathematics.

We wait with bated to breath to what the response will be.