Hydrogen Clouds from Comets 266P Christensen and P2008 Y2 (Gibbs) are Candidates for the Source of the 1977 WOW!Signal
On 1977 August 15, the Ohio State University Radio Observatory detected a strong narrowband signal northwest of the globular star cluster M55 in the constellation Sagittarius. The frequency of the signal, which closely matched the hydrogen line (1420.40575177 MHz), peaked at approximately 2316 EDT. Since then, several investigations into the Wow signal have ruled out the source as terrestrial in origin or other objects such as satellites, planets and asteroids. From 1977 July 27 to 1977 August 15, comets 266P Christensen and P2008 Y2 (Gibbs) were transiting in the neighborhood of the Chi Sagittarii star group. Because the frequency for the Wow! signal fell close to the hydrogen line, and the hydrogen clouds of 266P/Christensen and P/2008 Y2 (Gibbs) were in the proximity of the right ascension and declination values of the Wow signal, the comet(s) and or their hydrogen clouds are strong candidates for the source of the 1977 Wow signal.