Friday, May 22, 2009

Still no 'definitive' explanation for 1977 'Wow signal' from space

In 1977, a radio telescope in Delaware picked up a 37-second signal (a commercial, perhaps?) from outer space. It probably wasn't a "natural source of radiation," and to this day, the scientist that originally monitored the signal is "still waiting for a definitive explanation that makes sense." Skeptics believe it's Earth-based radio interference, though no radios are allowed to transmit at the "Wow signal's" frequency by international treaty.

Could it have been a transmission from an alien civilization? If so, the chances of catching the signal again are slim. A radio telescope only covers about one-millionth of the sky at a time, and the alien transmitter probably only broadcasts to the same fraction of space.

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