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15 août 1977

August, 15 1977

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The signal « Wow! »

A seventy-second signal is picked up by Ohio State University radio telescope, known as "The Big Ear," between 10:15 pm and 10:16 pm (local time) . This radio telescope has been used for 4 years by the SETI project in order to detect extraterrestrial signals. But it was only four days later that astronomer Jerry Ehman noticed this signal after studying the readings of the sation. It encircles the code "6EQUJ5" which represents the signal received and annotates "Wow! "Which will eventually bear the name of this event.