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The Wow! Signal
We, ourselves, as a civilization, are getting to the point that we're using less and less power to communicate by radio waves. Digital communication uses a much lower wattage than a broadband radio signal, but we haven't entirely given up broadcasting those signals, yet. We might get there eventually and then we will be producing radio waves that are hard to detect outside the solar system. A loose, unsubstantiated estimate on my part would be that we produced detectable radio waves for about 200 years. Considering that the universe is 4.5 billion years old, or more, means that the odds of another civilization detecting us is 200 years / 4.5 billion years. It just isn't very likely.

We've been listening for radio signals for even less time than we've been broadcasting. We have just about those same chances of hearing anyone else in the universe. Add to those odds that the distances involved will make the power of those radio waves so minuscule they'd be undetectable, or would be drowned out by natural radio waves in space.

A signal as powerful as the "WOW" signal either came from a huge natural source or a close man-made source.

My opinion.

Subject: I have a black cat.
Believer: Black cats are bad luck.
Non-believer: It's just a cat.
Crackpot: Black cats are part of the New World Order government conspiracy.
Skeptic: I can test if black cats are more or less lucky than another cat.
Cynic: You only have a black cat to gain power and prestige.

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Messages In This Thread
The Wow! Signal - by Chevleia - 12-27-2017, 09:02 PM
RE: The Wow! Signal - by Chevleia - 12-27-2017, 10:56 PM
RE: The Wow! Signal - by KaelisRa - 01-06-2018, 09:38 AM
RE: The Wow! Signal - by Teener - 07-31-2019, 12:12 PM
RE: The Wow! Signal - by Darkforeboding - 08-01-2019, 02:23 PM

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