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The Wow!-Signal was recorded on 15. August 1977 by the "Big Ear" radio telescope at the Ohio State University.

To this day, the origin has never been completely discovered. Judging by the alignment of the „Big Ear“ radio telescope towards the sky and the earth’s rotation one can assume that it is almost certainly an interstellar signal. Its origin derives possibly from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. Thus the signal had travelled at least 122 years.

The name of the signal comes from the "Wow!" commentary on the computer printout by J. R. Ehman who analysed the signal.

The character string 6EQUJ5 shows the progression of the strength of the signal.

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