The Wow! signal was received on August 15, 1977, by the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University.
Astronomer Jerry R. Ehman discovered the anomaly a few days later. Completely baffled and surprised by the result, he circled the reading and wrote the comment “Wow!” on its side. The Wow! Signal was born!
The mysterious narrowband radio signal appeared to come from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius and remains the strongest candidate for an alien radio transmission ever detected.
Even Ohio State University Radio Observatory director John Kraus wrote in a letter to Carl Sagan: “The ‘Wow!’ signal is highly suggestive of extraterrestrial intelligent origin but little more can be said until it returns for further study.“
However, we still have no idea of the exact source of the strange extraterrestrial message. Some scientists have suggested the signal could have been caused by a comet orbiting in the inner solar system.
But now, an amateur astronomer, Alberto Caballero, may have debunked the mystery behind the signal.
“The only potential Sun-like star in all the Wow! signal region appears to be 2MASS 19281982-2640123. Despite this star is located too far for sending any reply in the form of a radio or light transmission, it could be a great target to make observations searching for exoplanets around the star.“
So are you now convinced? Or do you still believe the Wow! Signal is of extraterrestrial intelligent origin. I do in alien cities and planets.
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