Alien CONTACT? How scientist detected ‘extraterrestrial signal’ from ...

The strange sign was picked up by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope. However, scientists did not notice anything out of the ordinary until a few days later when reviewing the data. The entire signal sequence, spotted by Dr Jerry Ehman, lasted for 72 seconds and was a “loud” noise at a frequency of around 1,420 megahertz.

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However, he, alongside all his colleagues, could not give a reasonable explanation for it in 1979 and that is still the case today.

Dr Ehman was so shocked, he circled the reading on the computer printout and wrote the comment: “Wow!”

To this day, it has been known as the strongest candidate for an alien radio transmission to Earth.

Speaking about the signal in 2014, Professor Brian Cox claimed: "If an alien civilisation wanted to communicate with us, this is exactly how they would do it." 

A number of theories attempting to explain the Wow! signal have emerged over the years but none of them have achieved widespread acceptance.

Alien and wow! signalThe Wow! signal was spotted in 1979 (Image: YOUTUBE/GETTY)

Wow signalDr Ehman circled the signal (Image: BBC)

If an alien civilisation wanted to communicate with us, this is exactly how they would do it

Brian Cox

In 2017, astronomer Antonio Paris proposed

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