The legacy we leave to option giants binary future generations. Let’s be the change and make the world a better place! On Tuesday 21st August 2001 two new crop formations were reported near Chilbolton radio telescope in Hampshire, UK. Both were very impressive looking and consisted of a large number of small ‘pixels’, which when viewed from the air formed a recognisable shape – unlike many other crop formations.
This latter formation will be examined in this article, in which I hope to not only describe and explain the original transmission, but also to examine and decode a number of significant changes occurring in the crop formation. After speaking to witnesses, it would appear that the ‘Arecibo’ formation was created on August 20th. Although I could roughly make out the binary pattern of the formation from aerial photographs, some aspects were not quite clear enough to discern individual ‘digits’. An interesting interpretation of the ‘human face’ crop formation comes from researcher and writer, Wayne Herschel.
In his vision, the face resembles that of the Egyptian Sphinx and Viracocha, a prea-Inca god. First, I will give some background to the original message sent from Arecibo, back in 1974. Arecibo is on the northern coast of Puerto Rico and contains a natural disc-shaped hole in the rock. Inside this bowl was constructed the world’s largest radio-telescope, with a diameter of 1000 feet. SETI to transmit an encoded message to the heavens. The reason for this is down to mathematics.
Any sufficiently intelligent lifeform would no doubt look for unique, universal constructs – such as prime numbers, chemical element frequencies and binary digits. Because ONLY the two prime numbers 23 and 73, when multiplied together, produce 1679 there can only be a single way to arrange the signal, if you were converting it into a matrix grid – 23 squares by 73 squares. The original binary code is shown in figure 1. In order to fully understand the message encoded in the transmission, it’s essential to understand the binary code. This is actually much simpler than our base 10, decimal system. Whereas in base 10 we count from 1 to 9 and then carry 1 into the 10’s column and start again in the units column, until we’ve got 9 in the 10’s column and 9 in the units column. In binary each column goes up in powers of 2, hence the columns are units, 2’s, 4’s, 8’s, 16’s etc.
Because we can only deal in 1’s and 0’s, we rapidly move up through the columns – because as soon as we exceed 1 we carry into the next column. For an example of counting in binary, see the table bellow. You can now see a graphical pattern depicted by the 1’s and 0’s of the code. This is where a slight puzzle becomes visible. By performing the steps described above, the literal translation of the original pulses is on the left of figure 3.
However, the image printed in a couple of my books is that shown on the right of figure 3. This is an exact left-right mirror image of my decoding. Alternatively, I may have converted the original pulses by mapping left to right when converting into a 23×73 grid, instead of going from right to left – which personally doesn’t seem correct to my interpretation of the original binary sequence. If anyone can explain this discrepancy, I would love to hear your comments. However, for the purposes of the rest of this article I shall refer to the pattern physically laid in the crop field. The results are the same because the actual code remains unchanged irrespective of whether it’s the original or a mirror image anyway – as the binary coding remains unaltered.
The original message was comprised of several ‘sections’, each depicting a particular aspect of ‘our civilisation’. At the top are binary representations of the numbers one through to ten, interestingly showing the numbers eight, nine and ten as two columns. This shows anyone decoding the message that we can specify that numbers too large to be written on a single line can be ‘carried over’. Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Phosphorus respectively. The larger section of three rows, represents the formulas for the sugars and bases in the nucleotides of DNA.
Beneath this is a graphical representation of our DNA ‘double helix’ either side of a ‘straight vertical bar’ which indicates the number of nucleotides in DNA. On the left is a binary value of the population of Earth. This can be calculated as roughly 4. 29 billion, which is roughly the population of the world, back in 1974. On the right of the humanoid form is a binary code for the height of humans. As mentioned earlier, the actual message was transmitted on 2380MHz.
To convert this into a wavelength we divide into 300, to obtain a wavelength in metres. From the code for the height of a human, we can see that the value is 1110 in binary, or 14 in decimal. 4cm, or roughly 5’9″ – the average height of humans. The next section is a simplified representation of our Solar System – where we live. It shows the sun and nine planets, roughly representative of size.
By moving the third planet up slightly it highlights that something is significant about the third planet from the sun – Earth. The last section depicts the origin of the message itself – the Arecibo radio telescope, which is the curved structure. Underneath this, as the last two lines of the message, is another binary number. 6cm which is 30618cm – or approx 1000′, the diameter of the Arecibo radio dish. What’s different in the Crop Formation?
After extensive analysis I have discovered nine major discrepancies between what we see in the crop field at Chilbolton and the original message that we transmitted to the stars in 1974. I shall leave any interpretation until later, but for now just highlight the differences. Rather than point out the differences in order of importance or anything, I shall merely start at the top of the pattern and work downwards. The numbers 1 to 10 appear exactly the same in the formation. However the atomic numbers indicating the prevalent elements making up life on Earth, has an additional value inserted into the binary sequence.