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(Space)   Interstellar signal from the 1970s continues to puzzle researchers   ( divider line
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15664 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Dec 2002 at 4:15 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-12-05 01:20:17 PM  
It's an Iron Butterfly drum solo
2002-12-05 02:01:44 PM  
Someone call Richard Dreyfus.
2002-12-05 02:17:57 PM  
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message--> "With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good."
2002-12-05 03:43:45 PM  
Cygnis X 1 - wasn't that a RUSH song?

Waiting for a picture of Jodie Foster from Contact in 3, 2, 1... Speaking of Jodie Foster - I realize she has little use for men, but DAMNATION I sure would like to hit that... Ever since she did those Coppertone ads way back when... I envied Multiple Miggs his spank-slinging aim...

2002-12-05 04:18:19 PM  
[Insert funny comment about probe]
2002-12-05 04:18:49 PM  
It's the Vulcans.
2002-12-05 04:18:51 PM  
Hopefully it's instructions from highly advanced, benevolent on how to build a space-navigation capsule so that we may travers the stars and behold their glory.

And I think they'll look a little this.....

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2002-12-05 04:19:34 PM  
Did it go,"beep beep beep beep beep beep" and then crash
2002-12-05 04:20:05 PM  
Interstellar pop-ups these are.
2002-12-05 04:20:56 PM  
2002-12-05 04:21:33 PM  
"Mars Needs Guitars"

/Hoodoo Gurus
2002-12-05 04:21:35 PM  
The "Wow" signal was followed by a burst of white noise that sounded very much like "SSSHHHH!"
2002-12-05 04:22:56 PM  
WOW --------------------------------------------------
2002-12-05 04:23:09 PM  
Maybe the aliens were looking to see a WOW boob-flash, but read their space/time map wrong.
2002-12-05 04:23:33 PM  
Wow, that was not news. That wasn't even an followup, just a complete and utter waste of bandwidth.
2002-12-05 04:24:29 PM  
I'm sorry, I'm sorry, it was me, I burped into a NASA satellite dish, you can go back to work now.
2002-12-05 04:25:20 PM  
i Dont profess to be an authority on any of this stuff.. but i'm really surprised that this is the first time i've ever heard of this.. that's really a cool story
2002-12-05 04:26:44 PM  
2002-12-05 04:28:07 PM  

Possible source of the interstellar signal:

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2002-12-05 04:28:07 PM  
This goes back to the futility of the radio waves.

For an advanced alien society to contact us through radio would require that they transmit the message at the time that we would have the ability to recognize the message.

Given that humanity has had the ability to recognize the message for maybe 1/10,000,000 of its history, the effort is futile, unless the alien society can accurately predict our evolution thousands of years in advance, or are remarkably persistent.
2002-12-05 04:28:13 PM  
Well that sure didn't work. Let me try again.

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2002-12-05 04:29:38 PM  
This article was like watching shows about UFOs. Nothing new, no help, no nothing.
2002-12-05 04:30:33 PM  
I want to believe....
The rum and drugs help....

Hour 7 & 8 of Taken on tonight.
w00t, w00t
2002-12-05 04:32:03 PM  
dammit, seiru, i just grabbed that url. :-P
2002-12-05 04:36:15 PM  
Actually, I've read about the Wow signal for a few years, and the scientists (and grad students) have done a remarkable job at being skepitcal of the signal. They *assumed* from the start that it was of terrestrial origin, and even mapped all the current satellite orbits (insert Dave Matthews plug here) to find the culprit. They even went through a complete recalibration of their equipment, assuming it was a malfunction. I've been impressed that while they cannot prove that the signal is from ETs, and cannot find anything of local origin to assign the signal to, no credible scientist has ever said "this is ET, let's ring him up."

And, though the article doesn't directly say it, the reason it's called the Wow signal is that right on the computer output paper, at the section of the recording where the signal strength numbers jump, someone scribbled in red pen "WOW!"
2002-12-05 04:37:12 PM  
Newly launched secret Russian "weather satellite" that went out of orbit. Duh.
2002-12-05 04:37:39 PM  
Anybody know what a Jansky is a measure of? What are its base units?
2002-12-05 04:40:31 PM  
That just didn't make me go WOW at all.

"We picked up a signal, we don't know what it is but it could be just about anything.

2002-12-05 04:41:47 PM  
The question is not what does a Jansky measure, it is what does Your Jansky measure.
2002-12-05 04:43:35 PM  
Get More WOW's for your Jansky with Maximus! (Really big pop-up ad)
2002-12-05 04:44:19 PM  
Meet Mr. Hugh Jansky.
2002-12-05 04:45:04 PM  
I didn't read the article, but if this is about the "WOW" signal, I'd like to apologize for that little stunt. We were pretty stoned and Richard's Mom had just got a microwave.
2002-12-05 04:46:11 PM  
Mr. Jansky, the one-eyed astronomer with telescoping action. (sorry, I'm really bored at work)
2002-12-05 04:48:13 PM  
Jipper--one Jansky is a flux density of 10^(-26) watts/sq.meter/hertz. yes, i copied and pasted. no, i have no idea what it means either.
2002-12-05 05:01:10 PM  
i thought it was funny that Very Large is a techinical term
2002-12-05 05:19:02 PM  
It's an Iron Butterfly drum solo

...and therefore clearly not a sign of intelligent life...


Stubblyhead, it's a normalized unit of power per area per bandwidth. The idea is that you can compare two different signals received by two completely different methods on different frequencies and have a method of comparing apples to watermelons.
2002-12-05 05:23:11 PM  
"Help me Obi Wan... You're our only hope..."
2002-12-05 05:30:28 PM  
can you hear me now?
2002-12-05 05:50:57 PM  
Maybe if they try listening on a Wednesday, they'll get it again.

Oh wait, O&A are off the air...
2002-12-05 05:58:49 PM  
Send more Chuck Berry
2002-12-05 06:05:18 PM  
And the senders, while waiting for a reply, leaf through the book titled "How to Serve Man".
2002-12-05 06:12:24 PM  
72 seconds of static = possible intelligent life
3,000,000,000 DNA lined up in exact order = dumb luck
(there is NO CHANCE it could be caused by intelligent life)
2002-12-05 06:26:03 PM  
Bevets! You're back! We thought you got locked in the confession booth or something...
2002-12-05 06:35:42 PM  
Well if it is just us, it would be an awful waste of space.
2002-12-05 06:38:21 PM  
Bevets, stop trolling.
2002-12-05 07:39:14 PM  
It's probably a trap.
2002-12-05 07:39:32 PM  
damnit Mysticcat...
you beat me to it.
damnit damnit damnit.
but GOOOOD very very goood.
2002-12-05 07:46:23 PM  
WoW what a boring article.
2002-12-05 07:54:40 PM  
The terrible secret of space:

[image from too old to be available]
2002-12-05 08:14:41 PM  
Bevets, I think calling God intelligent life is blasphemy, and will earn you one hell of a smiting

Unless you changed religions, and joined a cult that says we were made by aliens...

Or were you in that cult all along!?

I think now is the part where I pull off his face to reveal an alien creature that rips out my throat.
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