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The 'Wow!' Signal:One Man's Search for SETI'S


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 01:38 PM

www.theatlantic.com said:

For decades, Robert Gray has been trying to duplicate the most surprising and still-unexplained observation in the history of the search for extraterrestrial life.

Late one night in the summer of 1977, a large radio telescope outside Delaware, Ohio intercepted a radio signal that seemed for a brief time like it might change the course of human history.The telescope was searching the sky on behalf of SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and the signal, though it lasted only seventy-two seconds, fit the profile of a message beamed from another world.

Despite its potential import, several days went by before Jerry Ehman, a project scientist for SETI, noticed the data. He was flipping through the computer printouts generated by the telescope when he noticed a string of letters within a long sequence of low numbers---ones, twos, threes and fours. The low numbers represent background noise, the low hum of an ordinary signal.

As the telescope swept across the sky, it momentarily landed on something quite extraordinary, causing the signal to surge and the computer to shift from numbers to letters and then keep climbing all the way up to "U," which represented a signal thirty times higher than the background noise level. Seeing the consecutive letters, the mark of something strange or even alien, Ehman circled them in red ink and wrote "Wow!" thus christening the most famous and tantalizing signal of SETI's short history: The "Wow!" signal.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:39 PM

Yes, the WOW signal.

I like that last part...

In a hundred years from now it's likely that we won't be limited to these giant dish things that stare at the sky and only see one little spot. It's possible that there will be some sort of technology that can look at the whole sky at the same time, with the same sensitivity as you get with a big dish, and perhaps, when we look, at some interval we'll see a flash, a signal, and maybe that's the way we'll find broadcasters, if any are out there. But in the meantime, you know, you have to keep a line in the water.


From another article...

“Wow” remains the strongest and clearest signal ever received from an unknown source in space, as well as the most fascinating and unexplainable. The signal’s original discoverer Jerry Ehman doesn’t care to speculate on its source, and he remains scientifically skeptical. “Even if it were intelligent beings sending a signal,” he said in an interview, “they’d do it far more than once.

We should have seen it again when we looked for it 50 times.”

I still await the compelling Exhibit A.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 05:18 PM

Suppose that the wow signal only appears periodically, as discussed in the Atlantic article. It's not significant, then, that the signal has been listened for many times, without success. We have no idea what the repetition period could be. It might a year or a century. The only way to resolve this is to indefinitely monitor the region of space from which the signal appears to have come, on a 24 hour a day basis.


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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:38 PM

I know  WOW signal how about the Sun and its twisters ? Maybe its time ?

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:01 PM

As I was reading the article it reminded me of what I read once in the Ra Material. I marked the interesting bit in bold.

"Questioner: Is there any effort on the part of the Confederation to stop the Orion chariots from arriving here?

Ra: I am Ra. Every effort is made to quarantine this planet. However, the network of guardians, much like any other pattern of patrols on whatever level, does not hinder each and every entity from penetrating quarantine, for if request is made in light/love, the Law of One will be met with acquiescence. If the request is not made, due to the slipping through the net, then there is penetration of this net.

Questioner: Who makes this request?

Ra: I am Ra. Your query is unclear. Please restate.

Questioner: I don’t understand how the Confederation stops the Orion chariots from coming through the quarantine?

Ra: I am Ra. There is contact at the level of light-form or lightbody-being depending upon the vibratory level of the guardian. These guardians sweep reaches of your Earth’s energy fields to be aware of any entities approaching. An entity which is approaching is hailed in the name of the one Creator. Any entity thus hailed is bathed in love/light and will of free will obey the quarantine due to the power of the Law of One.

Questioner: What would happen to the entity if he did not obey the quarantine after being hailed?

Ra: I am Ra. To not obey quarantine after being hailed on the level of which we speak would be equivalent to your not stopping upon walking into a solid brick wall.

Questioner: What would happen to the entity if he did this? What would happen to his chariot?

Ra: I am Ra. The Creator is one being. The vibratory level of those able to breach the quarantine boundaries is such that upon seeing the love/light net it is impossible to break this Law. Therefore, nothing happens. No attempt is made. There is no confrontation. The only beings who are able to penetrate the quarantine are those who discover windows or distortions in the space/time continua surrounding your planet’s energy fields. Through these windows they come. These windows are rare and unpredictable.

Questioner: Does this account for what we call “UFO Flaps” where a large number of UFOs show up like in 1973?

Ra: I am Ra. This is correct."

So, my guess is that maybe radio signals are also quarantined, which would make sense, although I'm not sure how the guardians would go about hailing an EM wave. But since the whole universe is alive I guess there is no difference, just different levels of consciousness on a scale. EM radiation, a rock, a plant, an animal, a human, ET, social memory complexes, stars, logoi, same difference. Levels of evolution, steps on an endless staircase. So why not. A signal slipped through a window. Keep looking guys :D

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:42 PM

its kind of funny how not so long after this signal was recorded funding had ceased for this project until recently..

this signal could have been the 'contact' we have all been looking for all this time but we just didn't have the right tools to interrupt it to the right code or into text or even where it came from...

for what Hazzard said about being able to look at it all now with the new technology.... increasing the width of the field will decrease the depth of field, if you have a dish that picks up a faint signal in a area and you used that dish to zoom in to get a better signal you could lose something else close by or in another part of space...

how i think this would work best is if you have 4 or more of the massive dishes (N,E,S,W) then have 3-4 for depth at each point, once the main dish (N,E,S,W) picks up a signal the other can basically zoom in to where it came from and then messages can be sent and hopefully received, satellites are being used all the time for space exploration and for help with discoveries on the planet so these could be left to carry on the current task's ahead instead of taking turns if a signal gets picked up...

thanks for reading

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:18 PM

What if it was a passing ship or beacon of some kind?


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:22 PM

It was most likely space debris that reflected a terrestrial signal since I would hope any advanced race wouldn't unintentionally beam their presence to everyone...unless their warp core went critical...but now I'm being silly.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:15 AM

View PostRobbo, on 19 February 2012 - 10:22 PM, said:

It was most likely space debris that reflected a terrestrial signal since I would hope any advanced race wouldn't unintentionally beam their presence to everyone...unless their warp core went critical...but now I'm being silly.
That was seen as a possibility but the chances of that even happening are very low


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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:58 AM

They should have detected the exact origin of the "Wow" signal to an exact star or other celestial radio source. Then the SETI team performs a close-up analysis and could made an important discovery, the find of an extraterestrial civilization intelligent enough to make regular contact with us on earth. But I guess we're not ready for an earth-shattering moment in our history, but we'll survive and learn how to be diplomatic with those species of aliens: we don't want anything to start an intergalactic war don't we?


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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:34 AM

View PostOrcseeker, on 20 February 2012 - 12:15 AM, said:

That was seen as a possibility but the chances of that even happening are very low

still are bigger chance of that scenario than alien contact was happening!

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:41 AM

View Postbison, on 17 February 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

Suppose that the wow signal only appears periodically, as discussed in the Atlantic article. It's not significant, then, that the signal has been listened for many times, without success. We have no idea what the repetition period could be. It might a year or a century. The only way to resolve this is to indefinitely monitor the region of space from which the signal appears to have come, on a 24 hour a day basis.


I have to agree, and even that level of monitoring might not be enough, after all we saw fit to send out the Aricebo message, it seems not imposible that another intelligent civilization, perhaps following a similar path of exploration to ourselves might do the same. I mean, we thought it was a good idea? The WOW! signal might also simply be a mark of achievement and not an attempt at communication.

Radio source SHGb02+14a is another conundrum, it came from an area that has no stars, but with black holes and the like hiding in space, could it not be a distorted or redirected signal?

Edited by psyche101, 20 February 2012 - 03:42 AM.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:54 AM

View PostRobbo, on 19 February 2012 - 10:22 PM, said:

It was most likely space debris that reflected a terrestrial signal since I would hope any advanced race wouldn't unintentionally beam their presence to everyone...unless their warp core went critical...but now I'm being silly.


Dr. Jerry Ehman has recanted that notion hasn't he?

It was also in a forbidden bandwidth, so one woud think if it was ours, it could only be from finite sources making it possible to identify wouldn't it?

Why would they not beam their presence to everyone? We have done it a couple times now, the Voyager probes have the golden records and we sent out the Aricebo message.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:43 AM

View Postpsyche101, on 20 February 2012 - 03:54 AM, said:

Dr. Jerry Ehman has recanted that notion hasn't he?

It was also in a forbidden bandwidth, so one woud think if it was ours, it could only be from finite sources making it possible to identify wouldn't it?

Why would they not beam their presence to everyone? We have done it a couple times now, the Voyager probes have the golden records and we sent out the Aricebo message.

Well not only that but to my knowledge no-ones ever shown anything was there to 'reflect' a signal. Nor has any natural source ever been found in that direction which could account for it, or any natural source anywhere else that is even similar. But this is all above my pay-grade so I could be wrong but I've not ever read anything to suggest otherwise. So what was it?

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:24 AM

Too bad we didn't have SETI@home then...





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