THUMP. THUMP. THUMP. A clean, crisp signal cuts through the static and noise of space. When you've spent years listening to the sounds of the cosmos, you get used to hearing weirdness, but Mike Webster knows this is no ordinary signal. It's not a pulsar or a black hole, it's not interference, it's something different, something logical, something with purpose. As part of a three man astronomy team crammed into a car kitted out with all manner of stellar studying equipment, Mike is reluctant to jump to grand conclusions about his little discovery, and secretly transmits a response to the signal. Pointless, he knows, even if it was from intelligent life, it'd take thousands of years for his response to reach them and thousands more for them to reply. But when he does receive a response just hours later, his scientific understanding, and that of his fellow scientists, is shaken. Could this be genuine? Is there more to decipher from the message? How could a reply come so quickly? Before ...
What if mankind's most extraordinary discovery was made by three ordinary men.
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Did You Know?
The folk song, sung by the team during the film is called "Uncle Rat" - performed by Charles Fulton, recorded by S.R. Cowel and is available to listen to for free on the library of congress website. See more
If the object was in low earth orbit, lower than the orbit of the satellite that was visible crossing the sky earlier in he film (which it must be if it was obstructing the view of the satellite), it would move across the sky even faster than that satellite did. At the very least it would move between the first and second tracking images, and It would move visibly after it lit up. Instead, it just hangs there, motionless. See more
I figure there's two types of scientist Mike; those that look down at Earth trying to figure out what's going on here, and then there are those who look up to space searching for the answers out there. But they're both really looking for the same thing: Who are we? What are we? What does all this mean?
1950's Bouncy Rock and Roll
By Patrick Coen
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