The Mystery of the Wow! signal.

Mr John Michael Godier here does a brilliant introduction and explanation of the eponymous “mystery of the Wow! signal,” especially why it’s unlikely to be of anything of either terrestrial or solar (as in the solar system’s orbit) origin. Perhaps most spookily, he notes that the signal appears to be corrected for the orbits of the sun and the earth, something that is not often mentioned about the solar system, and given how earth’s status as a life-bearing planet wouldn’t exactly be a secret to distant extrasolar observers, this is extremely spooky, only adding to the mystery surrounding the Wow! signal. Also of interest is that whatever emitted the Wow! signal also appears to be slowly moving towards us, at a speed of ten km/sec, of course that’s slower than the Voyager 2’s speed of 15 km/s.

Could this be some sort of intentionally sent probe, and the Wow! signal being an attempt to signal us to alert us of its presence? In the end, who knows? It’s unlikely the mystery of the Wow! signal is something that will be solved in the near future, but it definitely keeps us awake at night, showing that there’s still much more to learn about this strange universe we call home.

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