Washington, DC – The National Geographic Channel said it plans to host a global Twitter event later this month to collect messages aimed at intelligent life on other planets.

The idea, said the network, is to crowdsource a reply from humankind in response to a mysterious 72-second transmission from space – known as “The Wow! Signal” – detected by SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) 35 years ago.

“If The Wow! Signal really was a cosmic ‘tweet’ from our nearest neighbors, we think it’s high time we organized an @reply,” said Christopher Albert, the network’s senior vice president of global communications and talent relations.

The event is scheduled to take place June 29 from 8 p.m. ET-midnight PT, and is loosely tied to National Geographic Channel’s Chasing UFOs series. All messages tagged with the hashtag #ChasingUFOs will be rolled into the reply.

This article was also published in New England Tech Wire.

Related links:

The Wow! Reply – official site

SETI – official site

National Geographic Channel – Chasing UFOs site

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