Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Contact Ambassador

In the news recently, the UN has plans to nominate an astrophysicist from Malaysia to act as Earths official "first contact" for any aliens we may have contact with.

Here's a paraphrased version of what Stephen Hawkings has to say about extra terrestrials in his new documentary series:
"With the universe made up of some 100 billion galaxies each containing hundreds of millions of stars, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. To make contact with alien races is a little too risky. A visit by extraterrestrials to Earth would be like Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."

So there you go, don't talk to strangers. Especially if they come from another planet.
But lets not forget the Wow! signal.

Way back in 1977 on the 15th of August, the SETI apparatus lit up with an incoming narrow-band radio signal from outer space. Exactly the sort of signal the system was looking for, a signal so extraordinary that the astronomer on duty scribbled "Wow!" on the printout. the signal originated from the Chi Sagittarii star group, part of the Sagittarius constellation. The signal was over 30 times louder than normal deep space. No terrestrial or astronomical explanation has been found for what caused the signal. Scientist have ruled out satellites, asteroids, meteorites, ground based transmissions, aircraft, and background radiation. The Wow frequency was between 1420.356 MHz and 1420.4556 MHz . This frequency is significant because, hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, and hydrogen resonates at 1420.40575177 MHz, so it’s believed extraterrestrials might use that frequency to transmit a strong signal.

Why is it that no one is seeing the big picture and connecting the dots. At the very moment the Wow signal was received, Elvis Presley was sitting in a dentist's chair being treated for a toothache. Presley returned home from his appointment and died the following morning. Obviously, the Wow signal was received by his fillings, and was a message for him to come home.

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