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(SILive)   For 72 seconds, SETI detected strong signal coming from Chi Sagittarii star group, in the constellation Sagittarius. Thirty five years later, they still haven't figured out what it was   (silive.com) divider line 253
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2012-07-22 10:07:37 AM
Someday we will have the technology to decode the message: "...on your next trip across the galaxy, use the Galaxy-one card. Don't leave home without..."
 
2012-07-22 10:11:41 AM
72-seconds, huh?

So, it's the same length as an annoying furniture commercial?

That's what it's going to be --some asshole selling a couch. IN SPACE!
 
2012-07-22 10:21:22 AM

Vodka Zombie: 72-seconds, huh?

So, it's the same length as an annoying furniture commercial?


Whatever it was was probably transmitting longer than that. 72 seconds is the longest amount of time that a Kraus type radio telescope can look at a single point in the sky.

This length of time the signal/message was seen does support the hypothesis that it did originate from space and not from a terrestrial transmission (be it military, prank, whatever), unless whoever was transmitting knew to transmit for exactly this length of time to fool exactly this type of telescope.
 
2012-07-22 10:25:25 AM

Vodka Zombie: So, it's the same length as an annoying furniture commercial?

That's what it's going to be --some asshole selling a couch. IN SPACE!



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May the Schwartz be with you
 
2012-07-22 10:27:46 AM
I bet it was just a really long fart.
 
2012-07-22 10:34:49 AM

Radak: Vodka Zombie: 72-seconds, huh?

So, it's the same length as an annoying furniture commercial?

Whatever it was was probably transmitting longer than that. 72 seconds is the longest amount of time that a Kraus type radio telescope can look at a single point in the sky.

This length of time the signal/message was seen does support the hypothesis that it did originate from space and not from a terrestrial transmission (be it military, prank, whatever), unless whoever was transmitting knew to transmit for exactly this length of time to fool exactly this type of telescope.


I know. I was making a funny. Because, people selling couches in space is funny.
 
2012-07-22 10:41:58 AM

Vodka Zombie: Because, people selling couches in space is funny.


What a couch in space might look like...

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2012-07-22 10:47:37 AM

Vodka Zombie: Because, people selling couches in space is funny.


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Pfft. This one was free!
 
2012-07-22 12:19:07 PM
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2012-07-22 12:31:43 PM
Probably just some Vogon poetry.
 
2012-07-22 12:32:01 PM
I really do hope i live long enough to see aliens for the sole reason of the implications on religion
 
2012-07-22 12:51:58 PM

Mazzic518: I really do hope i live long enough to see aliens for the sole reason of the implications on religion


Oh, please, like religious authorities are going to let a little thing like aliens screw up their theology. What do religions always do when the facts dispute their religious claims. "Ah, yes, well, we were mistaken about which objects go around which, but who do you think arranged them in this order? GOD!"
 
2012-07-22 01:29:22 PM
I just want to be told one day that we are not alone
 
2012-07-22 01:44:48 PM
Here is why we have not heard anything again...


Link
 
2012-07-22 01:47:33 PM

cman: I just want to be told one day that we are not alone


i'm still looking for intelligent life on THIS planet, let alone elsewhere in the universe.
 
2012-07-22 02:17:36 PM
I think the most depressing thought about alien life isn't that it doesn't exist, or that it does and they're evil and want to invade and kill us. It's that it's there, and they're just like us.

That on a planet a few hundred light years away, people are sitting around typing sarcastic headlines on a site called something like Qraerw.iue and posting comments on threads that say things like "Would not hit, her antennae are too sharp" and "WHAR BIRTH CERTIFICAT HIGH OVERLORD RHORGAR, WHAR"
 
2012-07-22 02:19:16 PM
It's a cookbook!!!
 
2012-07-22 02:21:03 PM

cman: I just want to be told one day that we are not alone


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2012-07-22 02:39:56 PM
"The question of contact with extraterrestrials is a kind of red herring premised upon a number of assumptions that a moment's reflection will show are completely false. To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culturally bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant."

-Yes, it's by the whack job Terrance McKenna (but this point is still relevant).

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2012-07-22 02:47:33 PM
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2012-07-22 02:48:38 PM
I like how the headline asks "Did aliens try to contact us?" which is typically human arrogance.

They could be signalling someone else and we just happened to be listening in the right place at the right time.
 
2012-07-22 02:48:49 PM
"For 72 seconds, SETI detected strong signal coming from Chi Sagittarii star group, in the constellation Sagittarius. Thirty five years later, they still haven't figured out what it was "

It's a streetlight.
 
2012-07-22 02:51:12 PM
We really shouldn't be listening to the conversations between the aliens and Cthulhu.
 
2012-07-22 02:51:41 PM

fap_fap_fap: Here is why we have not heard anything again...


Link


I loved OMNI. Miss it. ::le sigh::
 
2012-07-22 02:52:00 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culturally bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant.


Yes, and no. Radio is a really good candidate for interstellar communication, not because of a cultural bias, but because of physics. Space is very transparent in radio wavelengths (that's why we build radio telescopes- we can see things with them that optics never could). So yes, there are some assumptions there that are culturally biased: that aliens communicate, that they want to do so over long distances, that they're interested in minimizing latency, and so on. But these aren't completely insane assumptions.

Also, it's one of the few mechanisms we can detect. Starwisps are a more energy efficient, higher-latency mode of communication that are more likely to be used. The galactic equivalent of a sneakernet, you load a bunch of data into a storage medium and launch that at your target star, powering it with lasers and solar sails, you can get them out there for a fraction of the cost of a high-powered radio beam- but they're going to take thousands of years to find their way. And we can't detect those, unless we happen to catch the fringe of the laser being used to power them.
 
2012-07-22 02:52:52 PM
What a minute. Wait a farking minute. THIS many posts and no

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?
 
2012-07-22 02:53:42 PM
Probably this ol' gal saying "Please follow me"

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2012-07-22 02:57:11 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Yes, it's by the whack job Terrance McKenna (but this point is still relevant).


Terence McKenna was most certainly a whackjob, but he was the kind of whackjob who said a lot of things that were really interesting and insightful, and even when he was just being outright insane he was entertaining.

"We have to stop consuming our culture. We have to create culture. DON'T watch TV, DON'T read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are -- NOW -- is the most immediate sector of your universe. And if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered. You're giving it all away to ICONS. Icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that, you want to dress like X or have lips like Y... This is shiat-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion. What is real is you, and your friends, your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And, we are told No, you're unimportant, you're peripheral -- get a degree, get a job, get a this, get that, and then you're a player. You don't even want to play that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world."
 
2012-07-22 03:02:13 PM
It was spill off from the lasers used to power their light sail ships before they got them calibrated correctly. The invasion fleet should be here in 200 years or so.
 
2012-07-22 03:04:59 PM
www.monstershack.net
 
2012-07-22 03:08:30 PM
Anyone know what the significance of those numbers are? Signal strength level?
 
2012-07-22 03:10:59 PM

Pick: Anyone know what the significance of those numbers are? Signal strength level?


I have wondered this, too. I have also wondered if there is a copy of the signal sitting around somewhere on tape where they could replay it and study it in more detail
 
2012-07-22 03:15:00 PM
FTA- "By international agreement, 1420 MHz is off limits to all human-generated broadcasts. The frequency is reserved for radio astronomers -- and all they do is listen."

Any ham radio guys up for a little fun?
 
2012-07-22 03:16:50 PM

Basily Gourt: FTA- "By international agreement, 1420 MHz is off limits to all human-generated broadcasts. The frequency is reserved for radio astronomers -- and all they do is listen."

Any ham radio guys up for a little fun?


Not that trolling radio astronomers isn't hilarious, but it's pretty easy for them to determine a terrestrial signal vs. one from space.
 
2012-07-22 03:17:50 PM

Everyone Sucks But Me: What a minute. Wait a farking minute. THIS many posts and no

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?


I'm not saying that meme's played out

but...
 
2012-07-22 03:19:05 PM

YodaBlues: Basily Gourt: FTA- "By international agreement, 1420 MHz is off limits to all human-generated broadcasts. The frequency is reserved for radio astronomers -- and all they do is listen."

Any ham radio guys up for a little fun?

Not that trolling radio astronomers isn't hilarious, but it's pretty easy for them to determine a terrestrial signal vs. one from space.


Well, bounce it off neptune then.
 
2012-07-22 03:19:24 PM

YodaBlues: Basily Gourt: FTA- "By international agreement, 1420 MHz is off limits to all human-generated broadcasts. The frequency is reserved for radio astronomers -- and all they do is listen."

Any ham radio guys up for a little fun?

Not that trolling radio astronomers isn't hilarious, but it's pretty easy for them to determine a terrestrial signal vs. one from space.


Plus, we want them to focus on finding other life forms, not dealing with prank calls
 
2012-07-22 03:19:44 PM

dickfreckle: I bet it was just a really long fart.


in space no one can hear you fart.
 
2012-07-22 03:20:46 PM

cman: YodaBlues: Basily Gourt: FTA- "By international agreement, 1420 MHz is off limits to all human-generated broadcasts. The frequency is reserved for radio astronomers -- and all they do is listen."

Any ham radio guys up for a little fun?

Not that trolling radio astronomers isn't hilarious, but it's pretty easy for them to determine a terrestrial signal vs. one from space.

Plus, we want them to focus on finding other life forms, not dealing with prank calls


Just looking for ways to liven up their day a little bit.
 
2012-07-22 03:21:14 PM
"ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS-EXCEPT CHI SAGITTARII. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE."
 
2012-07-22 03:21:34 PM
What the numbers mean:

A space denotes an intensity between 0 and 1, the numbers 1 to 9 denote the correspondingly numbered intensities (from 1.000 to 10.000), and intensities of 10.0 and above are denoted by a letter ('A' corresponds to intensities between 10.0 and 11.0, 'B' to 11.0 to 12.0, etc.). The value 'U' (an intensity between 30.0 and 31.0) was the highest detected by the radio telescope, on a linear scale it was over 30 times louder than normal deep space.[
 
2012-07-22 03:22:40 PM

Basily Gourt: YodaBlues: Basily Gourt: FTA- "By international agreement, 1420 MHz is off limits to all human-generated broadcasts. The frequency is reserved for radio astronomers -- and all they do is listen."

Any ham radio guys up for a little fun?

Not that trolling radio astronomers isn't hilarious, but it's pretty easy for them to determine a terrestrial signal vs. one from space.

Well, bounce it off neptune then.


Hey! Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, farm boy. Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova, and that'd end your trip real quick, wouldn't it?

/no idea what that has to do with anything
 
2012-07-22 03:23:07 PM

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2012-07-22 03:27:36 PM

cman: Pick: Anyone know what the significance of those numbers are? Signal strength level?

I have wondered this, too. I have also wondered if there is a copy of the signal sitting around somewhere on tape where they could replay it and study it in more detail


I saw a segment on NOVA Science Now about it. As I recall, the numbers/letters denote signal strength compared to background noise. Higher number, stronger signal. Letters were used for signals stronger than 9, so the 'U' toward the end there was just about off the chart.
 
2012-07-22 03:32:10 PM

Big Merl: We really shouldn't be listening to the conversations between the aliens and Cthulhu.


That was The Bloop, not the Wow! Signal.
 
2012-07-22 03:32:44 PM
I bet some alien technician got fired for letting that one get through.
 
2012-07-22 03:38:22 PM

Mazzic518: I really do hope i live long enough to see aliens for the sole reason of the implications on religion


What if the transmission is coming from God? The fundies will never shut up then
 
2012-07-22 03:38:40 PM
thilllogistics.com
 
2012-07-22 03:42:36 PM

Vodka Zombie: 72-seconds, huh?


it was residual feedback from 72-second THX sound system warning that deafens everyone in every movie theater everywhere shortly before showing the main feature.
 
2012-07-22 03:47:48 PM

cman: I have also wondered if there is a copy of the signal sitting around somewhere on tape where they could replay it and study it in more detail


No.

FTA (bolded and underlined since you apparently missed it): The signal (message?) was not recorded -- there was no money or other resources for that.
 
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