Surfing around the blog world the other day I found this Astronomy "picture of the day"
My first thought was - "Someone really messed up this time. They must have posted a corrupt jpg image and linked to it without checking." I followed the image link to see if the REAL picture was out there somewhere. To my surprise I discovered this image is actually a message beamed out into space to be read and understood by alien lifeforms. I hope the aliens get it because I hadn't a clue what it said.
I read further and discovered this code is actually symbols based on mathematics and these code pages tells us (and them) everything from the largest known prime number to the mass of a hydrogen atom. follow this link to read more about it.
Looks like Douglas Adams might be right after all. The secret to life, the universe and everything just might be the number 42 after all...
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