November 16, 1974

On This Date in! in 1974 the first intentional interstellar radio message was sent by the Arecibo telescope towards M41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away. Thirty years later in 2004 the text of the message was finally released to the general public and read as follows:

When this note arrives
We hope it is a good surprise
As we do adore
The nearness of your planet’s door

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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