On August 17th 1977 channel 2 of the receiver detected a signal reached a maximum strength of 30 times the background noise level. As Jerry Ehman, who was analysing the data, observed the computer printout and saw the rising and falling sequence of data he explained "Wow!" He then circled the pattern on the printout.It was not surprising that Jerry Ehman had written "Wow!" on the printout! Equally interesting was the fact that the rise and fall of the signal strength as the source passed through the beam of the antenna exactly matched the antenna's beam shape - just what you would expect if the signal had come from a very great distance.
That was a signal from the beginning of Project SETI. Search for alien life with huge radio antenna's. The movie Contact was based off of SETI and Carl Saigen. The signal was later believed to be a military satilite passing over the antenna. While there have been many tries to find the signal again nothing was ever found.
Many things in this life
Are not what they appear
Yeah, I look like a hare
But if you stop and you stare
I'm related to a deer
Posted 21 October 2003 - 05:27 AM
QUOTE (mcginty @ Oct 21 2003, 02:05 AM)
To me SETI is a waste of money and time. Why would an alien use radio waves to communitate, a technology that is inferrior.
Maybe they wanted someone to hear it. They might be gradually getting people used to the idea of them, that way when they finally come out and reveal themselves it won't be such a shock to the population. Like when you buy a new fish you are supposed to leave it in the baggie when you first put it in the aquarium, so it can get used to the temperature of the water, and not go into shock.
It's hard to kiss the lips at night That chew your *** out all day long. - The Notorious Cherry Bombs
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense. ~ Carl Sagan
"...man has an irrepressible tendency to read meaning into the buzzing confusion of sights and sounds impinging on his senses; and where no agreed meaning can be found, he will provide it out of his own imagination." ~ Arthur Koestler
I remember reading an article about how a bunch of astronomers got quite heated over a supposed reply, later analysys reavealed it to have been caused by the microwave oven they'd been using being situated too close to some of their equipment! Ah well, the search continues.
I'm not scared of the dark...it's the bits that go bump that worry me!
1st of all, i dont think SETI is a waist of time or money. i think its GREAT.... at least its a start in the right direction... also, they use radio waves because it is a very basic form of technology. any E.T. with the knowledge of greater technology than our own is most likely familure w. radio waves... think of it this way... in the 'good ol days' we made fire by rubbing stick togather to cause friction, than we found that stricking two rock togather works better, now we just light a match or lighter to make fire.... BUT, we still know how to make fire with sticks and stones,..,
it took a long time and alot of human effort to go from sticks to lighters and so will searching for ETs... im sure that someday we will find better ways to search from "home base" but if u dont start, you will never finish... and i think SETI is a good start
It's not what happens to you in life that matters, it's what you do about it that counts...
Posted 18 December 2003 - 05:41 AM
QUOTE (snuffypuffer @ Oct 21 2003, 01:49 AM) ....I had a fiddler crab once.
I fiddled with a crab once...just the once.
So that was you I saw at the beach, then...
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!