Oh boy

I’m trying very hard to keep myself calm and reasonable. A while ago I intercepted a message while scanning the location of the previous signal. The following message has absolutely no business coming from where it came from. The transmission originated in a galaxy called RXJ1242-11, but given the unbelievably hostile environment this nook of the universe is known for (it’s home to a star-swallowing, supermassive black hole), it’s one of the last places I’d realistically expect to find life. Much less, life speaking English. So, unless this is some highly intelligent alien life form broadcasting in our language just for fun, I am compelled to believe this is a very, very, very elaborate hoax. But how it could possibly be done is far beyond my imagination.

Nevertheless, I am posting this message in raw form for posterity. It’s a little garbled, but fairly easy to fill in the gaps. —WR


04DEC2009185709NZST RA12h42m36.9s,DE-11°19′35″


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