Tweeting occupants of interplanetary craft

Nat Geo’s pulls a publicity stunt to promote their new UFO show.

Possible alien message to get reply from humanity | Fox News.

If there’s something you’d like to say to aliens, now’s your chance. The Wow! signal, a mysterious radio transmission detected in 1977 that may or may not have come from extraterrestrials, is finally getting a response from humanity. Anyone can contribute his or her two cents — or 140 characters, to be exact — to the cosmic reply via Twitter.

All tweets composed between 8 p.m. EDT Friday (June 29) and 3 a.m. EDT Saturday (June 30) tagged with the hashtag #ChasingUFOs will be rolled into a single message, according to the National Geographic Channel, which is timing the Twitter event to coincide with the premiere of the channel’s new series, “Chasing UFOs.”



What a publicity stunt. Lame.

Here is more on the WOW signal.

The Wow! signal is the only blip of incoming data to have stood out from the noise in the four decades that astronomers have been scouring the heavens for signs of life — an effort known as the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI. The Big Ear radio observatory at Ohio State University picked up the intense 72-second radio transmission coming from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. At its peak, the transmission was 30 times more powerful than ambient radiation from deep space, prompting the volunteer astronomer Jerry Ehman to scrawl “Wow!” next to the data on a computer printout, giving the signal its name.

My question is, why is Arecibo Observatory participating in endorsing a show like Chasing UFOs – a non-science based show?

NPR: Wow signal
The Big Ear Wow! Signal What We Know and Don’t Know About It After 20 Years
Damn Interesting: The Wow Signal

  2 comments for “Tweeting occupants of interplanetary craft

  1. June 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Ok, now this is just stupid. Not horribly stupid, but lame time capsule gimmick stupid.

  2. Massachusetts
    June 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Jodi Foster should be informed.

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