The Wow! signal: Alien hunter claims best clue yet to existence of E.T. came from an interstellar lighthouse
An astronomer who has spent three decades hunting for the source of a transmission which is believed by many to be proof of alien life says it may have come from an interstellar ‘lighthouse’.
Since 1982, Robert Gray has been on a quest to solve the puzzle of the ‘Wow! signal’, an enigmatic blip in the read out of a radio telescope – the like of which has never been seen again since.
Mr Gray, who has just published a book about his attempt to rediscover the signal said he believes it could have come from an alien ‘lighthouse’.
The ‘Wow! signal’ was received at 11.16pm on August 15, 1977 – the night before Elvis died – as a radio telescope in Ohio swept its gaze through the constellation of Sagittarius.
It lasted 72 seconds and was earned its name because of the message of disbelief Jerry Ehman, a researcher with the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) programme, scrawled next to the printout recording it.
The characteristics of the signal – a rise and fall in its ‘loudness’ were exactly what the alien-hunters had been told to look out for.