People were flocking near Chilbolton radio telescope in Hampshire, the UK on Tuesday, August 21, 2001, to see two crop formations. Featuring a large number of small pixels, both looked very impressive, especially the view from above.
One formed a human face and the other represented a radio transmission that Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) sent from the Arecibo radio telescope in 1974.
According to the witnesses, the Arecibo formation was created on August 20. The two formations were 200m apart in the same field.
The interpretation of the human face came from researcher and writer Wayne Herschel. In his analysis, the face looks like an Egyptian Sphinx and Viracocha. However, the Mars Face could be the most thought provoking resemblance.
The Arecibo in the northern coast of Puerto Rico contains a natural disc-shaped hole in the rock. Inside the bowl is a 100-feet diameter radio telescope, the largest one in the world.
Some modifications performed to the transmitter in 1974, allowing it to broadcast up to 20 terawatts. SETI decided to transmit an encoded message to the heavens as an inaugural test of those modifications or improvements. The signal was directed to the globular star cluster M13, estimated to be 25,000 light years away and consisted of around 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules.
Transmitted on November 16, 1974, the message consisted 1679 pulses of binary code (o’s and 1’s), which needed only a little under 3 minutes to transmit on a 2380MHz.
The reason for 1679 is down to mathematics. The number is the unique product of two prime numbers, 23 and 73. The people behind the decision of the number assumed that any lifeform with enough intellect would look for unique, universal constructs, such as binary digits, chemical element frequencies, and prime numbers.
Only the two prime numbers 23 and 73 produce 1679 when multiplied together, so there can only be one way to arrange the signal if converted it into a matrix grid – 23 squares by 73 squares.
The pattern in Chilbolton crop field was decoded as:
“Beware the bearers of false gifts and their broken promises.
Much pain, but still time. Believe there is good out there.
We oppose deception. Conduit closing. 0x07″
The 0x07 is a binary code that means a bell sound or a sound of an old typewriter.
More information about how to decode or decipher mathematically sophisticated designs from crop circle formations can be viewed in the video below.