A few weeks ago I was in a discussion with a friend who tried to use the SOS from another galaxy as a means of defending E.T. civilizations and their stance that they must be out there. While I agree they are out there, I wanted to investigate the SOS signal more to see if the SOS from another galaxy is legitimate and should be used as an argument to support a stance. So what is the SOS from another galaxy?
In late January of 1998 a digitally recorded signal that is estimated to be nearly 80,000 years old was recorded by NASA. After months of attempts to decode the signal NASA was successful and what they found was amazing, if true. The mathematics based message was a distress signal from a doomed planetoid, we think in the Andromeda galaxy, that was on the brink of self annihilation.
The message, as described by NASA, was a “frantic plea for help” from a civilization that peaked while saber-tooth tigers still roamed our planet. According to a highly placed NASA source in Houston, Texas, a Russian scientist by the name of Dr. Viktor Kulakov was leading a United Nations research team from an observatory northwest of Moscow.
Kulakov stated that the message is most likely from the Andromeda galaxy and was sent from a civilization no more advanced than our own is now. Kulakov further stated that “The simple fact that we received and decoded the message proves beyond any doubt that their knowledge and technology were, at the very best, within our reach.” He does go on to state that there are years of study ahead, but that the message did indicate that the civilization was not in danger because of a cosmological event, but due to a civilization turning on itself, possibly with nuclear weapons.
Dr. Kulakov, and NASA, both declined to provide a transcript of the message and would only give small sentence length snippets from it. To this day the contents of the message have not been released to the public, or if they have it was done quietly and I was not able to find it.
I am truly on the fence about this one, although I lean towards it being a hoax or a mistaken interpretation of a signal. If it is true, which I strongly doubt, I am the first that will support it as this means we are definitely not alone.
I reach my conclusion based on the following items.
- The message, if real, would not have been released to the public like this. Governments around the world would have stopped this from being publicly released. Some may argue that this is why the message did not receive more publicity than it did. I tend to think that NASA wouldn’t have released it publicly at all.
- If you are sending a distress signal, why encode it so heavily with mathematics. If you need help, the last thing you are going to do is encode a message and potentially delay help while any potential respondents try to decode your message.
- Why didn’t SETI pick up the signal as well as NASA. SETI has been looking for signals for a long time now and for them to have no knowledge of this signal, while possible, seems unlikely.
- Why has the entire message not been revealed? Why only snippets and pieces? I think that it helps make the story more manageable. If all you release is a sentence or two, it is much easier to defend. Releasing an entire message means you must defend all parts of it. The other idea is that the message contained information that was deemed classified.
- Lastly, while this did get some coverage from legitimate news sources, the initial publisher was Weekly World News, a supermarket tabloid known for publishing fake news stories to help sell subscriptions.