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TERRIFYING UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES OF DEEP SPACE

Space is big and dark, and since there is no air, no one can hear you scream as you float away forever and ever and ever. But those are only the human-sized terrors that space has to offer our nightmares. Because, as you will see, if you step back a few thousand light years from your simple humanoid perspective, you will discover that the universe contains some much stranger, much larger, and much more terrifying mysteries than you ever thought to be afraid of.'WOW' SIGNAIn 1977, the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University was busy listening. Big Ear was built in 1963 for the purpose of listening to wideband radio emissions from the stars, but in 1973 it was converted for the use of SETI (the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence), and began searching the skies for more specific narrowband signals that might indicate intelligent life. Being the 1970s, however, the analysis of the incoming radio signals wasn't particularly complex—mostly recording frequency, signal strength, and bandwidth—but in 1977 it was good enough for the operators to know it had picked up something interesting.In August 1977, astronomer Jerry Ehman was looking at computer printouts of the signals received by Big Ear over the previous few days, when he came across a sequence of numbers and letters that have since become famous. 6EQUJ5 might seem innocuous, but along with other data, it represents a continuous narrow band signal of around 1420 megahertz, from a fixed point in space in the constellation Sagittarius, that gradually grows in strength and then fades as the radio telescope orientation passes across its source (an explanation of the sequence can be found here, provided by Mr. Ehman himself). When Ehman saw this sequence on the paper, he was so surprised he circled it and immediately wrote Wow! in the margin, hence the name.Over the years, Ehman and others have repeatedly searched for the signal again, and tried to come up with more mundane explanations for its existence. But after ruling out aircraft, asteroids, reflected terrestrial signals, space farts, and the Bat Phone as alternate sources, the only explanation they haven't been able to rule out is… extraterrestrial intelligence.>>>>READ MORE

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