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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