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2022-05-25 9:45:24 AM  
World of Warcraft?
 
2022-05-25 9:48:19 AM  
It's an interesting hypothesis that could be explored. We should point our radio telescopes at this area for a few months to see if it can be confirmed.
 
2022-05-25 9:53:17 AM  
These spurious signals tend to be linked to someone turning a kettle on or starting a vacuum cleaner.
 
2022-05-25 9:56:03 AM  
No harm in having a listen. I say go for it.
 
2022-05-25 10:00:33 AM  
What if that signal was the result of their entire civilization being wiped out and we won't find anything when we look there because they're all dead?
 
2022-05-25 10:02:45 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: What if that signal was the result of their entire civilization being wiped out and we won't find anything when we look there because they're all dead?


We'd probably in that case would consider it not a potential point for the wow signal since we have not heard anything else since then.
 
2022-05-25 10:55:23 AM  
can we send a "help" message?
 
2022-05-25 11:07:17 AM  
Much signal.
 
2022-05-25 11:15:13 AM  
i thought they decided years ago that it was someone improperly using a microwave?
 
2022-05-25 11:24:18 AM  
most likely source of the signal - 1,800 light-years from Earth...

I guess they're not going to be long-distance pen pals.
 
2022-05-25 11:42:05 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: What if that signal was the result of their entire civilization being wiped out and we won't find anything when we look there because they're all dead?


but are their guns ok?
 
2022-05-25 11:58:41 AM  
It roughly translates to "whatever you do, don't develop ....".
 
2022-05-25 12:05:34 PM  

bigdanc: i thought they decided years ago that it was someone improperly using a microwave?


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/preliminary reports suggest that it smelled like blue
 
2022-05-25 12:08:40 PM  
Was I the only one that read "wow" with Owen Wilson's voice?
 
2022-05-25 12:28:30 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: What if that signal was the result of their entire civilization being wiped out and we won't find anything when we look there because they're all dead?


There's an uncharted asteroid field and a Welcome to Alderaan sign.
 
2022-05-25 12:41:48 PM  

kdawg7736: World of Warcraft?


It went Leeeeeeeeeeeroy Jeeeeeeenkins!
 
2022-05-25 12:45:37 PM  

MythDragon: kdawg7736: World of Warcraft?

It went Leeeeeeeeeeeroy Jeeeeeeenkins!


I would imagine it's a moving source, so accounting for Doppler effect it would be LeeeEEEEROOOOOOOOY JENNNKIIIIIIIIiinsss

/like the man himself, this joke was dumb as hell
 
2022-05-25 12:50:45 PM  
most likely source of the signal - 1,800 light-years from Earth...

We have wildly different definitions of "most likely" at play here. Most likely it was a terrestrial source or device malfunction. Pretty much any one-off event in a sensor is best assumed to be an error. Like, it'd be awesome if the WOW! signal were real live aliens. But it's probably just equipment farking up. We're dumb ass monkeys, we're really shiat at building things.
 
2022-05-25 1:02:31 PM  

t3knomanser: most likely source of the signal - 1,800 light-years from Earth...

We have wildly different definitions of "most likely" at play here. Most likely it was a terrestrial source or device malfunction. Pretty much any one-off event in a sensor is best assumed to be an error. Like, it'd be awesome if the WOW! signal were real live aliens. But it's probably just equipment farking up. We're dumb ass monkeys, we're really shiat at building things.


This. I note TFA makes no mention of how the decision was made about which areas were considered.

From TFA: "... specifically looking at two sections of the sky where the signal could have come from."

How was this determination made? Who made it, and why? Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning? There's a LOT of sky out there.

Why only G and K stars? We don't have enough data to determine if G or K stars are a pre-requisite for life. Our system could be the anomaly, and life normally appears on binary planets orbiting red dwarf stars. Since we don't know what the universe considers 'normal' where life is concerned, why are we limiting our search to just G and K stars?
 
2022-05-25 1:09:49 PM  

Wenchmaster: Why only G and K stars? We don't have enough data to determine if G or K stars are a pre-requisite for life. Our system could be the anomaly, and life normally appears on binary planets orbiting red dwarf stars. Since we don't know what the universe considers 'normal' where life is concerned, why are we limiting our search to just G and K stars


Enh, I'll defend that- we're not looking for life. We're looking, in this case, for life like ours. Our specific brand of chemistry needs an environment very much like the one we have- most of space doesn't like us.

Certainly, this eliminates a lot of life candidates. But imagine if there are self replicating patterns of plasma which exist in the convection currents within our very own sun, evolving into complex high energy structures that both manage a metabolism and create new instances of the same patterns. Maybe they're even intelligent. That's all great, but we run into a Wittgenstein's Lion problem: we have no basis with which to communicate to them.

Looking for terrestrial, carbon-based life doesn't solve that problem (I mean, Wittgenstein was talking about lions which are going to be more similar to us than any alien we would ever meet), but it at least makes that gap smaller.
 
2022-05-25 1:44:36 PM  

daenerys30: Was I the only one that read "wow" with Owen Wilson's voice?


Owen Wilson As Voldemort
Youtube QaRwq90d1UA
 
2022-05-25 2:38:24 PM  

t3knomanser: most likely source of the signal - 1,800 light-years from Earth...

We have wildly different definitions of "most likely" at play here. Most likely it was a terrestrial source or device malfunction. Pretty much any one-off event in a sensor is best assumed to be an error. Like, it'd be awesome if the WOW! signal were real live aliens. But it's probably just equipment farking up. We're dumb ass monkeys, we're really shiat at building things.


Shouldn't we have more similar farkup signals then?
 
2022-05-25 2:52:51 PM  
Dr. Shorsey was actually writing "Mom".
 
2022-05-25 2:56:37 PM  

LewDux: Shouldn't we have more similar farkup signals then?


We have loads of them. Some of them we can identify the cause (the frequently discussed "somebody running a microwave"), but many of them are just transients.

shiat, I helped design and build a lighting system that accidentally turned out to be a gigantic microwave antenna and all the little LED lights flicker even when we're not sending them instructions to flicker that way. Nobody knows what the cause is, but it's definitely not aliens.
 
2022-05-25 4:41:15 PM  

Wenchmaster: t3knomanser: most likely source of the signal - 1,800 light-years from Earth...

We have wildly different definitions of "most likely" at play here. Most likely it was a terrestrial source or device malfunction. Pretty much any one-off event in a sensor is best assumed to be an error. Like, it'd be awesome if the WOW! signal were real live aliens. But it's probably just equipment farking up. We're dumb ass monkeys, we're really shiat at building things.

This. I note TFA makes no mention of how the decision was made about which areas were considered.

From TFA: "... specifically looking at two sections of the sky where the signal could have come from."

How was this determination made? Who made it, and why? Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning? There's a LOT of sky out there.

Why only G and K stars? We don't have enough data to determine if G or K stars are a pre-requisite for life. Our system could be the anomaly, and life normally appears on binary planets orbiting red dwarf stars. Since we don't know what the universe considers 'normal' where life is concerned, why are we limiting our search to just G and K stars?


The radio telescope that detected the wow signal was pointed so there were two roughly elongated oval shapes each horn was listening to. Since the data was captured on one channel, we don't know which horn picked up the signal, thus which oval is the source of the signal.
 
2022-05-25 4:48:35 PM  

englaja: Wenchmaster: t3knomanser: most likely source of the signal - 1,800 light-years from Earth...

We have wildly different definitions of "most likely" at play here. Most likely it was a terrestrial source or device malfunction. Pretty much any one-off event in a sensor is best assumed to be an error. Like, it'd be awesome if the WOW! signal were real live aliens. But it's probably just equipment farking up. We're dumb ass monkeys, we're really shiat at building things.

This. I note TFA makes no mention of how the decision was made about which areas were considered.

From TFA: "... specifically looking at two sections of the sky where the signal could have come from."

How was this determination made? Who made it, and why? Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning? There's a LOT of sky out there.

Why only G and K stars? We don't have enough data to determine if G or K stars are a pre-requisite for life. Our system could be the anomaly, and life normally appears on binary planets orbiting red dwarf stars. Since we don't know what the universe considers 'normal' where life is concerned, why are we limiting our search to just G and K stars?

The radio telescope that detected the wow signal was pointed so there were two roughly elongated oval shapes each horn was listening to. Since the data was captured on one channel, we don't know which horn picked up the signal, thus which oval is the source of the signal.


Sounds like an unfortunate design flaw.
 
2022-05-25 6:54:55 PM  
Wasn't it determined several years ago that the wow signal was a passing comet?
 
2022-05-25 6:56:06 PM  

Spectrum: Sounds like an unfortunate design flaw.


Could be dildo or grain storage
 
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