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Mystery SETI Signal Set Rules Of Engagement

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 07:31:47 -0500
Archived: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 07:31:47 -0500
Subject: Mystery SETI Signal Set Rules Of Engagement

Source: Discovery.Com


March 5, 2013

Mystery SETI Signal Set Rules Of Engagement
By Ray Villard

In the Fall of 1967, a small team of radio astronomers came
face-to-face with a profound mystery that they didn’t want to be

At one point they half-seriously thought about destroying the
data and staying stone silent. That’s because announcing it to
the world could open a Pandora’s box for science, and derail at
least one astronomer’s PhD thesis.

A small group of radio astronomers in the United Kingdom had
stumbled upon clock-precision radio pulses coming from deep
space. The signal was unlike anything ever seen before or even
predicted in astronomy. In the absence of a natural explanation,
the researchers pondered, for three long weeks, whether this was
really a “hello” from an extraterrestrial civilization.

The team faced a cultural black hole with regard to the public
response. How do you verify the signal? How do you announce it
to the world? Do you send a reply to the stars, or is that too

As is the case in our compulsive universe, nature was cleverer
than imagined. This story of mistaken identity, as recently
researched by Alan Penny of the University of St. Andrews, set
the stage for preparing a SETI protocol for how to announce the
discovery of the real deal sometime in the future.

[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

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