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Message 1626347 - Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 7:26:00 UTC

The search for aliens
Presented by Brian Cox Physicist and presenter


Are we the only island of life in the vastness of space, or is our Galaxy teeming with other civilisations?

We've long been intrigued by the idea that we are not alone. The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) - was born from this curiosity - the use of sophisticated scientific methods to try to detect a signal coming from life elsewhere in the Galaxy.

In the 1960s, radio astronomy was put to work in the search. Radio telescopes surveyed the sky, searching for something that might come from an alien civilisation. For years they heard nothing except the background hum of space. Then one day in 1977, a radio telescope in the US received a signal...

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Message 1626353 - Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 8:04:08 UTC - in response to Message 1626347.  

Can wait to see the show thanks Lynn .
I wonder what he is thinking seeing as he recently made comments that there is no life out there .
I have herd recently that the U.S Airforce has figured out what the message was and it's a warning and a plee for help , and some say it , the warning was a message that they did what we are doing stuffing up our atmosphere . That would not surprise me as we all think it would be a war that will end most inteligent life but Global warming !!. Does the Drake equations have that in it's calculations i wonder .

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Message 1626362 - Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 9:20:28 UTC

It's another documentary on the "wow" signal.
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Message 1626436 - Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 15:29:55 UTC - in response to Message 1626362.  
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To the best of my knowledge the actual WOW signal was not recorded--so if that's the case then there can be no analysis of any intelligent content. I think that in those days only the signal strength was recorded.

There was no subsequent "signal" at that spot in the sky. So if it were an Alien signal then it must have been a one-time beacon or one that was broadcast to a number of locations. I presume that we could tell the rather specific direction from which the putative signal may have originated.

Does anyone else have any more specific data on this event? I think that somewhere in my messages I received some info from one of the people involved in recording this "signal".
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Message 1626472 - Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 16:53:28 UTC

I think somebody scammed a producer into paying for making this new documentary that in the end will not introduce one bit of new knowledge
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Message 1626526 - Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 19:54:08 UTC

There may or may not have been some signallish in 1977. Nothing enough to prove a thing, as far I have seen. However, I dare say, most certainly no alien civilisation knowledgeable in English and still just being bothered to send a cable saying, "Wow". (I seem to recall once seeing a message in these forums by somebody who thought exactly so.)

I never saw sense in this Frank Drake equation thing either. If we assume this and guess that and imagine whatnot... What do you think you can possibly get out from such starting points?

My twopence worth: stay calm, carry on, keep watch. (After duty shift and physical training exercise, if not in red alert, two beers allowed.)
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Message 1626590 - Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 23:03:39 UTC - in response to Message 1626526.  

Professor Brian Cox says alien life is all but impossible and humanity is 'unique'

thread: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=75984

Don't believe a word he says.

Glenn, your welcome.

Bob wrote:

I think somebody scammed a producer into paying for making this new documentary that in the end will not introduce one bit of new knowledge

I agree.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow!_signal
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Message 1626633 - Posted: 12 Jan 2015, 1:28:03 UTC

The signal detected wasn't the word WOW. That was what the scientist wrote in the margin of the computer print out where he detected an intelligent pattern.
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Message 1626649 - Posted: 12 Jan 2015, 2:46:39 UTC
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The "WOW" signal is anything but; it's an old, tiresome, overblown nothing. Nothing was recorded, as noted, so it's only a lump on a graph. It was never seen again and not from lack of trying. It wasn't confirmed by anyone else. Because of this, it also wasn't rigorously confirmed to be of distant extraterrestrial origin, either.

It wouldn't pass SETI@Home muster, and with SAH's fifteen years of accumulating a billion results there are probably thousands in there as good or better which did pass muster and still didn't amount to anything.
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Message 1626941 - Posted: 13 Jan 2015, 0:57:59 UTC

There having a new Brian Cox show on tonight i think it's part of the same series .

I saw a video from a dubious source that calmed that the U.S Air force had recorded a signal from space and i was wondering if he's talking about that or the "WOW" signal .

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Message 1627258 - Posted: 14 Jan 2015, 1:55:55 UTC - in response to Message 1626941.  

There having a new Brian Cox show on tonight i think it's part of the same series .

I saw a video from a dubious source that calmed that the U.S Air force had recorded a signal from space and i was wondering if he's talking about that or the "WOW" signal .


Glenn, let me know what happens with the show.
Not yet available by me.

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Message 1627456 - Posted: 14 Jan 2015, 11:52:48 UTC - in response to Message 1626941.  

There having a new Brian Cox show on tonight i think it's part of the same series .

I saw a video from a dubious source that calmed that the U.S Air force had recorded a signal from space and i was wondering if he's talking about that or the "WOW" signal .


Something like this:
http://galacticconnection.com/in-january-1998-an-et-sos-decoded-from-andromeda/
http://vidlo.holidaywear.ru/video/Bl8Kk2HqGN8

Don't belive it!
Why?
No proof...where was it recorded? Who decoded it (at least which squadrion)? Which Air FOrce personel did collect the data? Which personel released it to public? Which have archived it?
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Message 1627587 - Posted: 14 Jan 2015, 18:56:36 UTC

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Message 1627630 - Posted: 14 Jan 2015, 20:08:48 UTC - in response to Message 1627587.  

yes that's the printout. Now where is the content of this transmission.--I believe it was never recorded and If it were truly alien then it was a one time transmission.
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Message 1627842 - Posted: 15 Jan 2015, 7:32:56 UTC - in response to Message 1627630.  
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yes that's the printout. Now where is the content of this transmission.--I believe it was never recorded and If it were truly alien then it was a one time transmission.

And they send it from "NOWHERE"?

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This region of the sky lies in the constellation Sagittarius, roughly 2.5 degrees south of the fifth-magnitude star group Chi Sagittarii, and about 3.5 degrees south of the plane of the ecliptic. Tau Sagittarii is the closest easily visible star.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow!_signal

also, we responded:
http://www.space.com/17151-alien-wow-signal-response.html

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Message 1627855 - Posted: 15 Jan 2015, 8:34:59 UTC
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Because the radio signal was 30 times more powerful than the average radiation from deep space, a volunteer astronomer named Jerry Ehman who was watching the telescope data scrawled "Wow!" on a computer printout, leading to the signal's moniker.

No evidence ever arrived actually linking the transmission to an alien civilization, and no repeat message from the same direction has ever been detected, and the Wow! Signal remains a mystery.

It was simply a freak one off, but it has achieved cult status because so many people WANT it to be a real ET message. Why?
    1. Superpower governments want to reverse engineer any alien technology, the first to do so ruling the world
    2. Scientists want the accolade of being the one that proved ET existence
    3. Magazines and journalists earn a good living writing about it all and have a vested interest in keeping the myths going
    4. The conspiracy freaks love it as it fuels their belief that Governments are concealing the truth from the people
    5. The tin foil hat brigade buy the magazines and watch the TV broadcasts
    6. The UFO nuts are just well meaning but misguided
    7. The people claiming to have had anal probes are just mentally ill

The whole set up is self fuelled and self perpetuating, and a phenomenon of our times. Frank Hampson didn't fully realise what he was starting with Dan Dare in the Eagle in 1950, but he had a pretty good idea by the time he died in 1985.

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Message 1627893 - Posted: 15 Jan 2015, 10:57:08 UTC
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Nice thread, thanx Lynn! :)

That's a BBC link Lynn, I'll read it at home...

@ Chris: Love that pic! The moment of discovery, WOW!
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Message 1627948 - Posted: 15 Jan 2015, 12:39:51 UTC - in response to Message 1627258.  

OK Lynn i will got my weeks mixed up i thought the add said this week but must be next as i've been checking the SBS tv guide and it hasn't been on yet . But i will let you know .

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Message 1627950 - Posted: 15 Jan 2015, 12:54:14 UTC

ops should have check the web sit before i posted . It's on ABC and it's called Human Universe wednesday 21st of Jan so next week but dam i missed the first 2 episode so i'll catch up on the first 2 tomorrow morning and let you know by watching them on ABC's iview .

I'll put the link up for you but i don't think you will be able to watch it as there will prob be a country lock on it but anyway here it is

http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/human-universe-with-brian-cox/ZW0040A001S00

episode one is Apeman - Spaceman
episode two is Why are We here
and next weeks episode 3 is , gowd dam it , they haven't put what it's called ahhhhh bloody ABC

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Message 1627973 - Posted: 15 Jan 2015, 14:35:21 UTC

I just finished watching episode 2 very very interesting . So far 1 and 2 are not about Aliens or a signal .
I did watch episode 1 last week , relized after it started .

In Episode 2 i learnt a few things like in Hindi religion there is a saying . The Gods came after the Universe very interesting .He also explains what was there before the big bang and what caused it. A interesting way to explain inflation and it was not what i have come to understand what inflation is .
will have to wait till next week to see if episode 3 is about Aliens or a signal .

It's quiet good but then BBC do , do good doco's

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