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Response being sent to Wow! signal

Posted on Tuesday, 26 June, 2012 | Comment icon 91 comments

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A team from the National Geographic are working to respond to the famous 1977 transmission.

The Wow! signal has long been a topic of debate amongst astronomers hunting for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. Detected by Jerry R. Ehman, the 72 second signal appeared to have originated from outside our solar system. It's name comes from a computer printout of the signal on which Ehman had written the word 'Wow!' in red ink.

National Geographic are now working with the Aricebo Observatory to encrypt and send a response to the signal to coincide with the launch of their new 'Chasing UFOs' TV series. Anyone can contribute messages to the signal in the form of Tweets, it will be sent on August 15th to mark the 35th anniversary of the date on which the original signal was first picked up.

"If there's something you'd like to say to aliens, now's your chance."

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Comment icon #82 Posted by Occams Razor on 8 July, 2012, 16:03
Well our Main maths is Denary which is in Tens... It's thta way because we have 10 fingers. So if an Alien had 12 fingers he would have to figure that out as well. Then again i think they put the basic human aunotomy on the plaque, so maybe they will take note of the 10 fingers. Yeah I did hear about that. Hope thye don't find the sound offensive. LOL And they would only need three people for a quartet. "Handy".
Comment icon #83 Posted by Robbo on 8 July, 2012, 21:02
Like I said...the Wow signal could have been anything - alien communication being just one of those things...Until we get a repeat signal, it was just a freak 'wave' in a bandwidth we had the capability to receive.
Comment icon #84 Posted by Bildr on 11 July, 2012, 23:48
i'm going to send them this message: "Forgive my planet-mates of lesser intelligence for anything degrading or stupid they might have said. It is not their fault, they were "Born this Way." If you do recieve this message, please know that this planet is heading for it's own destruction and I am ashamed to even be a part of the homo sapien species. So if you want, maybe swing by and spice this world up a little. God knows it could use it. If you're ever in my area by the way (assuming you could find with basically no information) I am ready and willing to go with you, so feel free to shoot your... [More]
Comment icon #85 Posted by cerberusxp on 18 July, 2012, 20:22
Please don't enslave, destroy, put us in a zoo or eat us please.
Comment icon #86 Posted by psyche101 on 19 July, 2012, 1:19
if we just sent out diff kinds of music, ill bet that would get some attention. like some new age dub step.. we'll have them flash mobbin. Beatles' 'Across the Universe' to Be Blasted Into Space If we can still talk to the Voyager probes, now leaving the system, a communication method must be viable.
Comment icon #87 Posted by Super-Fly on 19 July, 2012, 1:23
Be funny if we replied, and they turned up. Only to find they wanted our maccy d's or our box sets of Father Ted i would find that funny, personally. Thanks,
Comment icon #88 Posted by DONTEATUS on 19 July, 2012, 2:51
We just better have lots of Box wine ready for them when they Land ! ANd All Look like Lucy & Ricky . "You got Some ESPLANING to DO LUCY "
Comment icon #89 Posted by Junior Chubb on 19 July, 2012, 11:42
Be funny if we replied, and they turned up. Only to find they wanted our maccy d's or our box sets of Father Ted i would find that funny, personally. Thanks, Not as funny as they would, nothing is as funny as the first time you watch father Ted
Comment icon #90 Posted by andy hair candy on 11 September, 2012, 0:08
If they havnt cured then they can p*** off untill they do. If they havnt cured cancer then they can p*** off untillthey have* If they havn't cured cancer then they can p*** off untill they have.**
Comment icon #91 Posted by chopmo on 7 December, 2012, 2:53
If they havnt cured then they can p*** off untill they do. If they havnt cured cancer then they can p*** off untillthey have* If they havn't cured cancer then they can p*** off untill they have.** Have you cured cancer yet? I think you know where to go in that case.

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