posted on Jan, 18 2010 @ 12:33 PM
The Wow! Signal
What is it?
This broadcast rivals or even surpasses the Backward Music Station in mysteriousness. It is so mysterious, in fact, they were forced to go with this
This was a radio signal that was picked up at The Big Ear radio telescope. Yes, this one comes from space. Big Ear used numbers, from zero to 10, to
document how far above the useless background noise any signals went. In a comically childish system, the eggheads ran out of fingers and had to use
toes, adding letters A-Z on top of the numbers. The Wow! Signal was "6EQUJ5," meaning it began at a scale of six, crept past the letter threshold,
jumped to Q and then as far as U before fading gradually.
All of this happened over 37 seconds, and all of this from a seemingly empty point in space. Perhaps even more mind-boggling, it came from a
non-terrestrial and non-solar system source. It was a signal shot to Earth from one of the emptiest places imaginable, and something from that place
somehow got to us.
It's called the "Wow!" signal because the man who found it was so amazed by it that he circled it and wrote "Wow!" on the side
So What's the Deal?
It could be, as the killjoys at Wikipedia suggest, interstellar scintillation of a weaker continuous signal. If that statement did little more than
sexually excite you, then all you need to know is that a continuous signal is far less remarkable, and what they picked up might have been a weak,
continuous signal that gained strength for a short time. However, it's a mysterious signal from space that follows a very calculated system, turning
off, and turning on. That... really shouldn't be.
The signal had the trademark of an artificially produced interstellar broadcast. How did they broadcast it from a point in space where there are no
planets and there are no solar systems? Well, the only explanation would be a spaceship, and the signal is used to communicate to other spaceships.
The guy who found the signal in the first place tried to deny it was extraterrestrial life; that it was something from Earth reflected off of space
debris, but there are problems with that theory.
If it was from Earth, the reflector would have to have been in all sorts of unrealistic requirements for the nature of the signal. For once the
explanation that there's an alien craft beaming signals is more logically sound than the tried and true "space debris" argument.
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[edit on 18-1-2010 by alien]