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Wow Signal

USA 2017
produced by
Bob Dawson, Michael Shaw, James Lehr Kennedy (executive) for Next Future Films
directed by Bob Dawson
starring Jerry Ehman, Karen O'Neil, Seth Shostak, Michael Holstine, Tom Burns, Robert Dixon, Ellie White, Bob Dawson (narration)
written by Michael Shaw


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In the mid 1950s, construction of the Big Ear Radio Observatory was begun, a giant radio telescope to map radio sources from outer space, and the telescope went into operation in 1963. And from 1973 to 1995, Big Ear was part of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) program, in an attempt to pick up extraterrestrial radio signals. And in 1977, it might have achieved just that, receiving signals for 73 seconds that were widely outside the norm, widely enough to raise some eyebrows (and cause the lead scientist to put down "wow" next to the read-outs from the telescope, hence "Wow Signal"). Were these really attempts at communication by aliens or just some other disturbance by causes unknown - we'll never know for sure, as these signals were never again received, and Big Ear has long been torn down, making way for a golf course ...


Now documentaries (often of the so-called variety) about aliens, UFOs and the like are really a dime a dozen, and many are purely speculative with little to no foundation in science, and many have "I want to believe" written all over them. And in not only that light, Wow Signal is a breath of fresh air, it takes its time explaining the science behind it, it remains so based in facts that it actually downplays its centerpiece, the actual "Wow Signal" and cautions that its mere existence might be anything but an alien signal. And that, really, is one of the strong points of this documentary, it's not another piece of conspiracy theory and/or wishful thinking but deals in facts, and by doing so manages to interest its audience in the science behind it all, makes the fascination of astronomy outside of sensationalism really palpable, thanks to a clever build-up that doesn't give away too much too soon, well-chosen talking heads, and obviously quite a fascination in its own subject. So if you only ever want to watch one "alien" documentary, this one's probably it.


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