MEETING THE COSMIC WRAITH
MEETING THE COSMIC WRAITH
In the 1940’s, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke wrote a short story called 'The Sentinel' for a BBC competition that was a compelling story about an alien artifact left on the moon that constantly sent signals out into deep space.
The artifact was tetrahedral in shape, made of a polished metal and has a spherical force filed surrounding it. For eons this artifact was a warning beacon to intelligent life and other space explorers that wanted to develop or come to planet Earth.
Clarke eloquently paints a picture of a powerful force that swept through space when the earth was half of its present age. The force and the roar were incomprehensible and the beacon was left on the moon to transmit a signal for millions of years. The signal was called a sentinel and it was there to watch over earth and other worlds that could sustain life.
The pyramid that housed the beacon was eventually destroyed by a nuclear explosion. It was concluded that whoever left the beacon has to be aware that it is no longer transmitting and may return to find out why.
“I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire-alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for long.”
I know that what was written was fiction; however, the beacon that sends a signal is a metaphor that has been on my radar since I was poring over information that was reported about Voyager 1 leaving the Solar System.
While this fact may not be a “center stage” story, the 36 year journey of this space probe has set off my imagination because of its mission. Sure, it is out there to explore strange worlds and send signals back to Earth but there is also the story about how Voyager is equipped with a gold-plated copper disc that is meant to be played by extra-terrestrial intelligence - that is if they find it and understand the instructions for playing this golden record.
"Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other extraterrestrials that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2 - a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record - a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth."
"The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University and Frank Drake. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim."
"Each record is encased in a protective aluminum jacket, together with a cartridge and a needle. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and indicate how the record is to be played. The 115 images are encoded in analog form. The remainder of the record is in audio, designed to be played at 16-2/3 revolutions per minute. It contains the spoken greetings, beginning with Akkadian, which was spoken in Sumer about six thousand years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect. Following the section on the sounds of Earth, there is an eclectic 90-minute selection of music, including both Eastern and Western classics and a variety of ethnic music."
It is certainly a technological version of the message in a bottle and now that the probe has left the solar system, the news of what happened when it did could send a chill to anyone that believes that something is out there watching us.
As the first man-made object entered interstellar space, it was greeted with a chilling shriek. The shriek was described by scientists as a scream similar to the 'ring wraith' characters from the 'Lord of the Rings' films.
We have heard that "in space no one can hear you scream," but to have a loud shriek picked up by a space probe sends a horrific message to earth that emissaries may be out there waiting to arrive or that the heaven above us is speaking to us. The question is: What is the message?
NASA says that the howls and shrieks from space were actually plasma waves, which are inaudible in space. The sound is reproduced by the spacecraft through antennas that transmit the plasma waves and amplifies them through a speaker. Scientists trying to downplay the possibility of alien shrieks have noted that what was heard was the probe passing through ionized gas.
The shrieks and howls were detected 12 billion miles away from our sun. It took 17 hours for the signals to reach us here on earth.
The Voyager trek is only half of the story.
When the news of the shrieking was first discovered August 25, 2013, there was another story that was filed by Edinburgh University that statistically there very well could be extra-terrestrial probes and beacons out in space that are so high tech we may not be able to detect them. However, these probes are now well aware of our presence now that Voyager has leaped into interstellar space.
The story got little attention in the news, but the Daily Mail reports that:
"Mathematicians Duncan Forgan and Arwen Nicholson believe that alien races could have sent probes that 'slingshot' round stars using their gravity to cover ground quickly."
"They said probes that 'self-replicate' and build new versions of themselves from dust and gas while traveling through space, could be in our solar system already."
"The mathematicians calculated that alien probes would only need to travel at 10 per cent of the speed of light in order to explore every part of our galaxy within 10 million years. The Scottish mathematicians draw on NASA space expert, Robert Freitas's idea from 1983 that supposes that alien probes have been designed to appear invisible to us. Dr Forgan believes a probe's camouflage could be set up to test the intelligence of our civilization. Only when a test is met, such as a species being able to detect a probe, would it attempt to communicate."
"He notes that evidence of broken probes is unlikely as any aliens attempting large-scale exploration of the universe would be skilled engineers. He thinks that such civilizations would send probes that can self-replicate over the incredibly long distances traveled."
In March of 1960, a very frightening news item was published in Time Magazine.
In his 1995 book, 'Disneyland of the Gods', famed paranormal researcher John Keel wrote:
"While both the United States and the Soviet Union were racing to launch relatively small satellites into orbit in the late 1950s, astronomers and military tracking stations were following the course of something huge. In February 1960 the US detected an unknown object in polar orbit, a feat that neither they or the USSR had been able to accomplish. As if that wasn't enough, it apparently was several sizes larger than anything either country would have been able to get off the ground.
And then, the oddness began. HAM operators began to receive strange coded messages. One person in particular said he managed to decode one of the transmissions, and it corresponded to a star chart. A star chart which would have been plotted from earth 13,000 years ago, and focused on the Epsilon Bostes star system.
On September 3, 1960, seven months after the satellite was first detected by radar, a tracking camera at Grumman Aircraft Corporation's Long Island factory took a photograph of it. People on the ground had been occasionally seeing it for about two weeks at that point. Viewers would make it out as a red glowing object moving in an east-to-west orbit. Most satellites of the time, according to what little material I've been able to find on the black knight satellite, moved from west-to-east. It's speed was also about three times normal. A committee was formed to examine it, but nothing more was ever made public.
Three years later, Gordon Cooper was launched into space for a 22 orbit mission. On his final orbit, he reported seeing a glowing green shape ahead of his capsule, and heading in his direction. It's said that the Muchea tracking station, in Australia, which Cooper reported this too was also able to pick it up on radar traveling in an east-to-west orbit. This event was reported by NBC, but reporters were forbidden to ask Cooper about the event on his landing. The official explanation is that an electrical malfunction in the capsule had caused high levels of carbon dioxide, which induced hallucinations."
This probe has been called 'The Black Knight'.
Duncan Lunan, one of the scientists who was decoding the probes communications, appeared on Ground Zero in November of 2011 and declared that there would be definite evidence that something from deep space would appear in the sky and send a message to Earth. He inferred that the evidence would be a reappearance of the huge probe that NASA would write off as an asteroid, comet or derelict space debris.
From Ground Zero's "Tracking The Alien Menace" article:
"Lunan told us that according to reports that the Space Telescopes at Arecibo Puerto Rico were on alert. While Asteroid YU55 was passing overhead the radio telescopes were prepared for a communication attempt with an unknown force that was in our solar system. Lunan of course shot to some fame when he claimed to have deciphered radio communications dating back to 1927. These transmissions were coming from space probes in our Solar system. Probes that were not a product of NASA or any other country. It was believed that the probes have been carefully placed in our Solar system, Once again it conjured visions of the Black Knight probe and its mysterious transmissions and origins."
Now what is most disconcerting is that, during the broadcast, Lunan began to sound as if he doubted his findings and when challenged seemed content to bring up aliens and other stories that confused the issue of possible probes that NASA has not detected and messages that they have failed to report to the world. We later discovered that the entire show lost its international feed and that there is no record of the broadcast. No recording and no evidence of the backpedaled story.
We have wondered if the show was intentionally sabotaged because of its content.
NASA used to have pictures of the Black Knight probe on its website, but they removed them because they didn’t want their little secret to be speculated about - especially when it came to the possibility of something of that enormity has been circling the Earth and sending messages to something out there in the cosmos.
Now Voyager is hearing shrieks and howls in space. The plasma recordings of other planetary and near earth movements have been sent to NASA and they are a creepy reminder that something is space is sending signals, and while most of these signals can be written off as natural occurrences it does not explain why there have been more signals, groans, and anomalous sounds being heard all over the planet.
People all over the planet are hearing what they are calling trumpeting noises and rumbles in the sky that are not associated with storms or what seems to be natural.
Should we be paying attention to these sounds? Some have speculated that they are sounds that are heralding a major earth event or an event from space. No one knows for sure and, while there are many hoaxes that have been launched on the Internet, there is a serious inquiry to the moans and shrieks that are being heard on earth.
Believe it or not, these anomalous sounds have now prompted scientists to create new technologies to try and find these sounds in nature, underwater and out in the far reaches of space. There is a biblical axiom that has been associated with the end of the world scenarios and in context was given as a guarantee that the secrets of heavens can be revealed if one has eyes that can see and ears to hear.
We all have ears and we are hearing quite a lot.
How long can we be in denial about our place in the universe?
What surprises are in store for us as we awaken the cosmic wraiths and await their appearance?