William Henry - The Healing Sun Code

William Henry - The Healing Sun Code

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In 1932, Karl Jansky, a Bell Telephone Laboratories engineer, was investigating sources of interference to recently opened trans-Atlantic short wave radiotelephone circuits. At 26 Jansky was only a few years beyond his physics degree from the University of Wisconsin. Jansky came to AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey specifically to study noise. Reducing the static that infested the airwaves on trans-Atlantic telephone calls was vital to this budding new age that soon would enable anyone, anywhere on Earth to pick up a cell phone and talk to another. Jansky boldly set about solving this problem. To find the source of this pesky noise he built the first 95 foot movable radio telescope to detect it. This large rod-like antenna, which resembled a box kite lying on its side, swiveled on a circular track supported by Ford Model-T tires. Built beside a stream in a remote field in Holmdel Township New Jersey far from city-made electrical interference, it became Jansky’s second home. He began listening and taking notes. While two clear immediate suspects were local and distant thunderstorms, a third was a steady hiss of unknown origin that appeared daily at the same time and same location.