NEWS



NAM Project Postponed

October 2019: The New Arecibo Message (NAM) has been an initiative without precedents. The support of the community and the public has been overwhelming. With the intention of providing a better response to the support we had, we will postpone the NAM date for next year. This will provide the NAM organizing team with more time to manage all the requests, questions and proposal evaluation to guarantee a greater outcome. The main goal of this activity is to educate the public on Radio Astronomy techniques and Exoplanetary cutting-edge science, presenting the uniqueness of the Arecibo Observatory capability and raising awareness of the possible risks involved on messaging unknown earthlings (through social media) or extraterrestrial civilizations (through radio waves). Thanks again for all your support. Be sure to keep posted for upcoming announcements.




April 22, 2019: The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico marked Earth Day by releasing its second puzzle challenge as part of the New Arecibo Message – Global Challenge. Dozens of teams from around the world have already qualified to move onto the next phase of the challenge.

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March 2019: It's Equinox! Springtime began in Puerto Rico, the beautiful island located at 18N latitude, home of our Arecibo Observatory. Many new teams of students are blooming everywhere, accepting the "New Arecibo Message - global challenge". To attend many requests we have been receiving, we are removing the intermediate deadlines for the part#1 and part#2, so the new teams can keep registering until the NAM submission final deadline, in June. Here is an updated list of important dates:

  • * Earth day, 2019 (Apr 22): Release the clue for the part#2 of the challenge.
  • * June Solstice, 2019: Deadline for part#3 - submitting the proposals for the NEW Arecibo Message (only the first 45 teams)
  • * #AOWeek19: Nov 11-16: Arecibo Observatory Week and Celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Arecibo Message. The official announcement of the winning team!

If you haven't find your team members yet, join the virtual community at www.AreciboObservatory.org/challenge/network
Keep up the good work and good luck!




Part #2

New Arecibo Message - Part II Clue: Mystery in the Control Room


CLUE

In order to solve the part#2 of the NAM challenge, you have to read the “Mystery in the control room” story very carefully, making use of the supporting material referenced there and keeping in mind. Watch video for more information.



Part #1

Break the 377-bits binary message and discover the 18-characters password
000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000010 101000111001010100011100101010001110010101000010001010 100111110101010101110110101010111011010101010101101000 101110110100010111011010001011101101000101010110100010 101011000000010100100000001010010000000101001000000010 100100000001010010000000101001000000010100100000011011 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

CLUE

"The part #1 of the #NewAreciboMessage is a binary coded message that was designed following the original Arecibo Message idea. To crack it, you have to find the ideal number of columns x rows to see the correct image. To find the 18 digits password, think of special kind of numbers... Numbers that represents beautiful patterns found in terrestrial life. Remember: Math is the language of Nature!”

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GOAL

The main goal of this activity is to educate the youth on Radio Astronomy techniques and Exoplanetary cutting-edge science, presenting the uniqueness of the Arecibo Observatory capability and raising the awareness of the possible risks involved on messaging unknown earthlings (through social media) or extraterrestrial civilizations (through radio waves).

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Diverse, inter-generation, multi-disciplinary and international teams of 10 students + 1 mentor (professor/scientist/teacher/grad student) will have to design the NEW Arecibo message. To unlock the call, register the teams and access the references and specifications for the project, the students will have first to learn about scientific method, AO activities, space sciences and peaceful uses of space issues for, then, be able to break coded messages, solve brain-puzzles and design their new Arecibo Message version.


PART #1 => Break the coded message and find the 18-character password that will unlock the registration form (to make official the group’s participation) and give access to reference material (about Arecibo Observatory, Radio Astronomy, Exoplanetary sciences and Peaceful Uses of Space) necessary to find the passwords hidden in the part#2 of the challenge.

PART #2 => The registered teams will have to unravel the sci-fi puzzle: Mystery in the Arecibo control room.

PART #3 => The first 45 teams that complete the PART#2, will design the NEW Arecibo Message. In a single pdf file (max 20 pages) the team should present their message, addressing the peaceful uses of space concerns and also the risks of exposure. Must consider: where to point (suitable targets and the Arecibo declination range), power to use in the transmission (energy efficiency and mitigating the environmental impact), frequency, coding, etc. Criteria: The new message should address the peaceful uses of space concerns and the risks of exposure. As more diverse and inclusive the group is, more points it gets (0-10). Completion without clues: part#1 (+50 points); part#2 (+100 points).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Students, from kindergarten to undergraduate courses, are welcome to join the New Arecibo Message (NAM) global challenge! From elementary-, middle-, high-schools, universities and similar Education organizations.

Each group should get the support of 1 mentor. The mentor must be a teacher, a professor, a graduate student (master/PhD candidate) or a scientist.

The teams must have 10 students, maximum. The team diversity will be one of the selection criteria to choose the winning NAM. So, we strongly suggest you to be part of an inter-generation, multi- disciplinary and international team, as diverse as possible. (tip: use the power of social medias to find possible team-mates and the modern tools to collaborate with them.

On Dec 16th, the part#1 of the NAM will be released: a coded message. Only after breaking the coded message and finding the secret password, the registration form will be unlocked for your team and you’ll be able to make your registration officially.  The teams will have until the 2019 March Equinox to make their registration. We will release a clue on Jan 16th, 2019 to help you out (the teams that break the message before this date will get extra points).

Your team will access the part#2 of the NAM challenge and some convenient references to help you. In this part, your team must solve the “Mystery in the Arecibo control-room” (by finding 3 hidden information in this sci-fi short story) until May 16th, 2019. Again, a clue will be released after some time (at the 2019 Earth Day) and extra points will be given to teams that find the answers before it.

Every team should have a mentor. After first registration, you can keep adding members (10 Maximum) to your team until the registration period is closed (March Equinox 2019). Please note that you cannot remove members that were already registered. One of the goals of this challenge is promoting teamwork and help developing collaborative skills. Thus, we will not accept single person final registrations. For more information regarding dates please review the schedule section at the right.

As soon as your team solves the part#2 of the challenge, you will be finally ready to submit your NAM proposal! The deadline for the submission is the 2019 June Solstice OR when the 45 th submitted proposal is received!

The proposals should be submitted as a single PDF file and describe the content of your NAM, addressing the peaceful uses of space concerns and also the risks of exposure. The proposals must consider: target of the NAM, power to use in the transmission, frequency, coding, etc. The full specification for the NAM proposals will be available for the teams after solving part#2 of the challenge.

A committee formed by space scientists (from the AO and other institutes), science communicators and educators will analyze the 45 final proposals to find the most smart and innovative ideas for an updated Arecibo Message, 45 years after the original one was sent out to space. The names of the selection committee will be announced will be announced soon.

We will announce the winning team on the 2019 September Equinox. during the #AOWeek19 event (the).  The members of the selected team (10 students + 1 mentor), along with 1 responsible adult per each minor student, will win a weekend trip to Puerto Rico: 16-17 Nov, 2019! They will be part of the special celebration of the 45 th anniversary of the original Arecibo Message planned as the closing ceremony of the #AOWeek19 event (Nov 11th – Nov 16th, 2019. The trip includes flight tickets, housing, meals, a VIP backstage visit to the iconic Arecibo Observatory and many special surprises...

SCHEDULE

  • Nov 16th, 2018: Release the NEW Arecibo Message – the global challenge webpage

  • Dec 16th, 2018: Release the part#1 of the challenge

  • Jan 16th, 2019: Release the clue for the part#1 of the challenge

  • March Equinox, 2019: Deadline for registration of the teams.

  • Earth day, 2019 (Apr 22): Release the clue for the part#2 of the challenge.

  • May 16th, 2019: Deadline for solving Part#2

  • June Solstice, 2019: Deadline for part#3: submitting the proposals for the NEW Arecibo Message (only the first 45 teams )

  • September Equinox, 2019: Announcement of the winning team.

  • #AOWeek19: Nov 11-16: Arecibo Observatory Week and Celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Arecibo Message. The official announcement of the winning team!