LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., June 15, 1995 -- The director of the Ohio State University Radio Observatory has been appointed a technical advisor to The SETI League, Inc., non-profit leaders in a scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Ohio State professor Dr. Robert S. Dixon's considerable expertise will help the organization to privatize research once conducted by NASA.
The Ohio State radiotelescope, affectionately known as Big Ear, was home to a mysterious microwave signal detected on August 15, 1977. Known thereafter as the "Wow!" signal (after a single word scribbled in the margin of the computer printout by researcher Jerry Ehman), it exhibited all of the expected characteristics of a coherent signal of intelligent extra- terrestrial origin. Scientists consider the "Wow!" signal to be the best evidence to date of the existence of other technologically advanced civilizations in the cosmos. Although it has stood up to eighteen years of scrutiny, it has never reappeared. Dixon and his SETI League colleagues hope to detect additional "Wow!" type signals.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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