Decoding Type III: The Mesarthim Enigma Vol. 2

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As if we don’t post enough about this mysterious atmospheric space black metal band, we solved yet another Morse Code puzzle on their latest release.

Back in August, we discovered that the morse code at the end of their excellent album Absence told us that “The Great Filter Approaches” which I explained a little bit in the previously linked article. Dubs did again when they released the aptly named EP “The Great Filter” just a few weeks ago. Before I even had a chance to say “I guess they weren’t lying about that filter!”, they dropped yet another excellent EP. This one is another massive song (18 minutes) that illustrates their mastery of their style, and then pushes it a little bit further.

So I listened to the whole thing when it came out and enjoyed it immensely, but when it dropped to silence after about 17:30, I got suspicious. I turned up the speakers and sure enough, the beeps were back. My initial reaction was something like “YOU’VE GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! I GOTTA SPEND AN HOUR OF MY DAY LISTENING TO BEEPS OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN SUPER SLO-MO UNTIL I FIGURE THIS OUT?!?!” I considered not doing it, but my curiosity got the better of me. I bought the track, threw it in Audacity, and slowed it down to a speed even I could comprehend.

So enough of my rambling, here’s the code all dotted and dashed out for you.

.-. .. –. …. – .- … -.-. . -. … .. — -.
—– .—- …. ….. …– — …– .—- .-.-.- —.. .—- ….- –… —-. …
-.. . -.-. .-.. .. -. .- – .. — -.

Or, in English: RIGHTASCENSION 01H53M31.81479S DECLINATION

So clearly they were annoyed that I solved the last one so quickly because I had no idea what this meant. I found that right ascension and declination were tools used for celestial coordinate systems, and the numbers were clearly pointing to some star or planet, but I had no idea how to figure out which one. I put the coordinates in a handful of calculators which basically returned no helpful results. I was seconds away from throwing in the towel, or at least letting the Toilet writers with doctorates (nerds) to help, when I stumbled upon the answer through a last-ditch search.

The right ascension marks Gamma Arietis, a binary star in the Aries constellation. Specifically, the star(s) are referred to as the “first star in Aries”, but more importantly, go by the traditional name “Mesarthim”.

What I am a little confused about is that the number in the code is only the right ascension, so I am not sure what the word declination is doing in there. That number would be “+19° 17′ 37.8790”. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy they didn’t include it since it would have added another 20 minutes to my decoding.

So I am getting to the end of this, and I just realized I have no idea what Type III means. It might be referring to its classification as a B-type main-sequence star, but I can’t quite pin that down. I can’t have all the fun, read up on some astronomy and let’s figure out this puzzle together.

  • Howard Dean
  • Yea uh, totally, yup mhm

  • Dumpster Lung

    So much Toilet to catch up on. I’m drowning in work instead of floating merrily among the currents of the Toilet. Soon though, soon I’ll have pretty much a week’s worth of posts to read (and probably not resist the urge to reply to 8 day old comments). That’s a good Christmas present lol.

  • AndySynn

    I think “The Great Filter” is the better track, but I still thoroughly enjoy anything that Mesarthim do.

    • Joaquin Stick

      I agree with this. Still enjoyable though.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      Great Filter was worth the dollar, for sure.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    that star is actually home of the MOST RACIST alien species never discovered. This PROVES Mesarthim is actually an Extra-Terrestrial National Socialist Black Metal (ETNSBM) band.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      STOP GIVING ME IDEAS

      • Abradolf Lincler

        . . . no?

  • Stockhausen

    This is super rad, I love the idea of mystery in art. Anonymous members are cool and all, but secret codes foreshadowing other junk is another level of engagement (and I do realize that some bands remain anonymous without the intention of fun mystery).

  • So-called Kardashev Type III civilizations – galaxy-spanning civilizations that command power equal to all of the stars in their galaxy – are very rare or entirely absent from the local Universe, according to Prof Michael Garrett of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and Leiden Observatory.

    from: http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-kardashev-type-iii-civilizations-03249.html

    • I literally typed “type III astronomy” into google and this was the first thing to pop up. Seems relevant.

      • What the mystery seems to imply at this point is that the Mesarthim binary star is where we should look for evidence of a Type III civilization. ? .

        • Abradolf Lincler

          see my comment below

    • KyleJMcBride

      IMO any truly advanced space faring species would be able to easily avoid being detected by us. In cosmic terms, we haven’t even learned to crawl yet.

      • Lacertilian

        I prefer to think that in cosmic terms, we’re a vagrant who is struggling to keep up with rent, perpetually covered in his/her own vomit, mumbling incoherent garbage at an empty trash can fallen over in a nondescript back alley gutter somewhere in suburbia.

        • KyleJMcBride

          Agreed.

    • Space Monster W.

      And the idea of a Kardashev civilization is definitely linked to The Great Filter and Fermi paradox.

  • Óðinn

    Thanks, Joaquin Stick.

  • Waynecro

    Nice detective work, JS!

  • 1 hour 53 minutes 31.8 seconds?

  • RJA

    I got one of these bad boys waiting for me when I get home – what you guys drinking this holiday season?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/214bb0042437d78f5b9f46bcd19923ac8e4f86422be26863ee241051b580434f.jpg

    • Abradolf Lincler

      water and raspberry lemonade 🙁

      • I feel ya brotha. Blood orange San Pellegrino

        • Abradolf Lincler

          i realized the other day i now have all the key elements of sXe tuffguy hardcore vocalist

          • 1) Gainz
            2) No booze
            3a) Beard
            3b) a “take no shit” attitude
            Story checks out, bb

          • Abradolf Lincler

            were you not around? i cut my beard off

          • I’m in denial

          • Abradolf Lincler

            im grotesque 🙁

          • more beer

            You’ve got plenty of company. Since every democrat in America is also in denial.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Blame Russia! Blame Sanders supporters! Blame Jill Stein! Blame everyone except our REALLY shitty candidate who ran one of the most tone deaf, entitled campaigns in history!

          • more beer

            It appears that finger pointing is all that is left. The new law of the land. In my entire life. I have never seen a more pathetic display of people whining. But I guess that is what happens when everyone gets a participation award. Instead of being taught winning and losing. It is also pathetic how all of these so called tolerant people are the least tolerant ones now. I just wish they would all just shut the fuck up already.

          • KyleJMcBride

            You will notice that Bernie has gone right back to work, no whining and crying for him. He’s even doing town hall type shit where he gets Dems and Trump voters to talk to each other.

          • more beer

            Because he has the countries best interest at heart. Too bad a vast majority do not. At this point can we only wait to see what happens.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Blackbeard plz! Don’t bring it up!

          • KyleJMcBride

            I know! He looks like Bray Wyatt’s younger brother with the beard.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            im actually older than Bray Wyatt

          • KyleJMcBride

            Ah, my mistake.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            thanks for the compliment i guess?

          • KyleJMcBride

            Heh. I also keep forgetting that Bray is only in his late 20s.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I’m drinking water as well.

        • KyleJMcBride

          Diet Dew, not much of a drinker.

    • KyleJMcBride
      • RJA

        I plan on taking up smoking again one day – can’t wait

        • KyleJMcBride

          I’m very happy that’s it now legal here(Massachusetts), can’t wait to see where it goes from here in terms of shops and potential cafes.

          • more beer

            See what they do with the taxes. It may be in your best interest to get a medical card. The taxes here on recreational weed are astronomical. But on medical it is just like a regular sales tax. Give it time once there are more than a few dispensaries. They will all be trying to under price each other. It is what happened here. Now prices are at an all time low.

      • more beer

        I like the grape varieties.

    • Óðinn

      The blood of my enemies.

      • RJA

        Well obviously- but what to wash it down?

  • KyleJMcBride

    Checking this one out, not bad thus far.
    https://elephanttreeband.bandcamp.com/album/elephant-tree

    • KyleJMcBride

      Senor Boss, this is right up your alley.

  • KyleJMcBride

    Have we done Feats Of Strength or Airing Of Grievances yet?