The Establishing Shot: First step in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus Viral game reveals a hi rez look into the Space Jockey or Mala'kak’s navigation system

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Thursday, March 08, 2012

The Prometheus Viral game is afoot! Or at least it was. I was a bit slow on this. I noticed people were posting pics from Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus but in an effort to keep fresh for the films release 1 June 2012 I ignored them. During lunch today I was reading some of the comments on my YouTube channel regarding The Peter Weyland 2023 Ted Talk - Prometheus Viral. Which takes place 50 years before events in Prometheus.

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One of the comments is – “no one is going to be tweeting in 2023 come on”. Which made me think of that elusive older crowd, those guys with their slippers on sipping a tea whilst IRC’ing. Whilst there I thought I would check out the official Prometheus hash tag #weylandinvestors and website to see what I had been missing. One of the tweets with the  #weylandinvestors  hashtag caught my eye.

"i'm keeping an open mind b/c may/may not be morse code. even adjustd 4 contrast. more discussion on unf forums :)"

So I immediately headed over to to their ABOUT US page to have a look around.

Within 5 seconds I spotted a blinking star to the lower right of the Earth. Whilst there was a moving background behind the image - this star seemed to be an anomaly. Was it blinking Morse code? Only way to find out was to take the star apart.

Giddy with excitement I delved into the pages HTML and CSS and after a snoop discovered this:

I was like a kid in a candy store and was surely moments away from cracking something exciting. There it was clear as a star in the galaxy hidden amongst the Back & Home attributes “findme.gif”.

Image: Enlarged flickering star

I had found it. Know what? I downloaded the gif and quickly opened it up in Photoshop. Crikey! 237 layers made up of 3 colours Grey, Dark Grey & White. Way too many layers for a blinking star effect of this size. It definitely must be a code of sorts. But thought that 3 colours wouldn’t work for Morse codes dots and dashes. But if I tally each layer of colour I might be left with a long hexadecimal number that could be deciphered and I may have to revers the sequence as Photoshop may interpret the gif in the wrong way than intended. After about a 10th of the way in with:


I thought I would Google findme.gif and see if anyone else had made this discovery or confirmation I was heading in the right direction. Of course they had. As it turns out – the guys on the Unfiction Forum had indeed discovered the star and after a couple of rounds of trial and error, had already deciphered the code.

Turn out the layers were the key and GuestUser17 used the following method:

"Here is the text I used to decode the morse. White squares I converted to -'s and black to _'s. The grey ones I adjusted depending on the neighbors to get a nice wave form.

Image: GuestUser17 deciphers Prometheus code

Which equates to: EDIR6EQUJ5.

Then User matto took 6EQUJ5 from that and via Google discovered that 6EQUJ5 is actually the Wow! Signal, a once off signal detected by the SETI team in 1977 (!_signal) which ties into possible alien contact very neatly. I wonder if the audio in the background of the Prometheus trailer reflects the same code?

User chasrover went one step further and added 6EQUJ5 to the Weyland Indutries website to reveal: which reveals this glorious look at what seems to be the interior design of a Mala'kak or Space Jockey’s ship. A circular platform similar to the one the one the Space Jockey’s chair rested on in Alien.

With a futurist 3D hologram like map of a space flight routes or orbits and a Weyland suited crew member in the middle.

Image: Prometheus Space Jockey Navigation system - click to enlarge

You can view the high res version here:

I’m now ready for the next step in the Prometheus ARG. Register at: or keep an eye on!/PrometheusMovie

Prometheus release date: 1 June 2012

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson



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