The infamous WOW signal has now been solved its turns out the signal was just comets, Antonio Paris a UFO researcher and investigator now also a Professor of Astronomy put the theory forward a year or two ago, just this year he was able to carry out tests to prove the theory as the comets would be passing by where the first signal was detected. here's a link to the data. WOW Signal and theres a PDF that goes into detail with all the Science behind it at this link HYDROGEN LINE OBSERVATIONS OF COMETARY SPECTRA AT 1420 MHZ
Seth Shostak of SETI has responded to Antonio Paris's theory of Comets being the "WOW" Signal, see below.
uforn, I read an article about this last year but nothing definitive at that time. So another alien story is solved. I am beginning to suspect most if not all stories will end this way. Still...
Hi Ron, I linked you to the article, as I recall it I told you about Antonio Paris's theory on the "WOW" signal being comets, you didn't believe me and demanded I provide evidence. However that is now in the past and we now know for sure that the "WOW" signal was indeed comets.
What gets me most about this discovery is not the fact the signal has turned out to be comets, it is the fact that other Astronomers (SETI) have looked for answers to the "WOW" signal for decades and found nothing. Why didn't they check the data ? If they knew comets had a signature of 1420 MHZ why didn't they check to see if any were passing by when they detected the signal ?. SETI should be ashamed of themselves if you ask me.
uforn. I bow to your superior intellect!Excellent call! I agree seti dropped the ball on this one. ron
I don't know about that haha But there has been an interesting turn of events on this "WOW" signal being Comets with a response to Antonio Paris's theory by non other than SETI's Seth Shostak, who does not believe the "WOW" signal was caused by Comets.
There’s no such thing as a “close call” in SETI – either the radio telescope has picked up an alien signal, or it hasn’t. “Close” doesn’t exist in this one-bit experiment, any more than it does in pregnancy.
In the article which I will link to on the SETI website Seth Shostak goes on to explain how the Big Ear Telescope has 2 feeds that are 70 seconds apart and that if it were Comets the Telescope would have picked the signal up a second time but as we all know that was not the case.
So the WOW signal seemed destined to be an enduring mystery of the universe – maybe it really was ET launching a signal in our direction, a whistle that was either very short or very intermittent. Then again, perhaps it was something else – such as terrestrial interference.
But a paper published more than a year ago by Antonio Paris and Evan Davies makes a different claim: a natural solution to the puzzle of the WOW signal. It wasn’t earthly interference, problems with the equipment, or even ET; it was natural radio emission from hydrogen gas streaming off a nearby comet. Neutral hydrogen is well known for generating radio static at a frequency of 1420 MHz, which is indeed the spot on the dial where the Big Ear overheard the signal. And there were, according to Paris and Davies, two comets close to the direction in which the Ohio State antenna was pointed.
Well, you might consider that a disappointing development: one of the most famous clues that someone in space is trying to get in touch turns out to be nothing more than the entirely insensate activity of a solar-system ice ball. Unsatisfying, yes, but at least that puzzle isn’t a puzzle anymore.
Except that it is.
The comet hypothesis, in my opinion, doesn’t work. To begin with, there’s the slightly dismaying fact that I’ve never heard of anyone measuring strong hydrogen signals from a comet, and I’ve spent a lot of time on radio telescopes tuned to 1420 MHz. But more than that, there’s the inconvenient truth that the Big Ear was fitted with two feeds – two receivers, if you prefer. They both swept over the exact same patch of sky 70 seconds apart. An automatic second look.
But the WOW signal only appeared in one of the feeds. Of course, that could be explained if the signal simply went off the air in the time between observation by the first and second feed. Terrestrial interference could be compatible with this requirement, easy peasy. And a signal from impatient aliens could too.
But comets on the other side of the Solar System, as these were, don’t move fast enough to appear in the Big Ear’s beam and then disappear scarcely a minute later. That’s not logical, Captain.
Additionally, there are the comments of Robert Dixon, the radio astronomer who was director of the Ohio State Radio Observatory when the WOW signal was found. He too makes the point that intense hydrogen signals from comets are basically unknown. But an even stronger argument from Dixon is that the comets were nowhere near the telescope’s sight lines when the signal was found. And that’s a show stopper.
Ok. So who is to be believed? The "...two feeds..." scenario is interesting at first glance, but why wait until now to bring up the two feeds issue?
That's a good question, I have heard of the two feeds before I don't think that's ever been a secret just forgotten as time has gone on, as to who is to be believed I think I am going to have to go with Seth Shostak who is a veteran when it comes to SETI and the search for life in the Universe. Antonio Paris is a new Professor of Astronomy and only been around in the field for a very short time. So yes I'm with Shostak, what puzzled me about the whole Comets being the signal was that they would be picking these signals up all the time as Comets are very common so to speak. It will be interesting to see if anything else comes from this.
uforn: Hi brad777 welcome to UFORN
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barry: All quiet here then. looking into decoy humans, should be interesting
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uforn: Hi Baz how you doing mate?
Sept 3, 2020 19:54:17 GMT 1
barry: It was a discussion about ducks! We use wooden ducks to attract real ducks and as we talked about ufs's and stuff someone bought up the idea that alien life could use decoy humans (for whatever reasons) gonna take a while........
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uforn: That wouldn't surprise me mate.
Sept 11, 2020 22:48:34 GMT 1
barry: nothing to report............
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barry: just seen this on tv - 5 of the top astronomers now say we will find aliens by 2025 (talk about change their tune)
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barry: having internet issues....just found out my connection is being piggybacked..and it's not local..frendly hacker investigating my situation, will report back
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uforn: Hope you get it sorted Baz
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