Tonight at 9:00pm, the National Geographic Channel will present “Chasing UFO’s,” with a team of three investigators checking out reported sightings in Texas, Fresno, and other hotspots of alien activity.
In a recent survey, National Geographic discovered that 80 million Americans – a third of the population – believe in UFO’s. Seventy-nine percent of us think the government has kept UFO information hidden, and more than half believe there are real Men in Black who threaten people who report sightings.
But wait – there’s more going on tomorrow than just watching other people have all the fun. There’s something to take our minds off wondering how to land a job as a UFO Chaser. It’s the Wow Reply Project.
In August, 1977, Jerry Ehman, a researcher at the Ohio State Big Ear radio observatory, spotted a coherent alpha-numeric sequence on a computer printout of signals from deep space. He grabbed a red pen, circled it, and wrote “Wow!” in the margin.
Tomorrow night, National Geographic gives us the chance to Tweet back to whatever alien intelligence may have tried to contact us. You can schedule your reply at this link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/chasing-ufos/the-wow-reply/.
And in case you’re a bit stuck in figuring what to say, the Geographic has solicited suggestions from several experts, including Stephen Colbert, to help us. Check out Colbert’s recorded message, which begins, “Greetings intelligent alien life forms. I am Stephen Colbert, and I come to you with an important message from all the peoples of the earth. We are not delicious.”
It isn’t easy to make up a tweet for space beings. What can you possibly say? ”Greetings, aliens. I had cheerios for breakfast, how bout you?” See, this is going to take some work, and there isn’t much time, so we better get busy!