18th February 2024

Incoming Signal!

A superluminal message has been received. It was emitted from a faraway galaxy near the black star 5 years before it became a supernova; engulfing the source of the message. In our dull, fading planet, this message could bring hope: it is your job to understand its contents. We have managed to display the data as an image on your monitor:


We believe the alien has intelligence about human life, representing our dying rainbows in the image, but so far we can only speculate.

Team PB has recieved another message, but they are unwilling to share what they have discovered. They have hinted to us that by decrypting it first, it will make the other message faster to decrypt:


Not part of the puzzle.

I have tried to make this puzzle as original and aesthetically pleasing as I can (despite my poor gimp skills). All parts of the puzzle are used, so you should know when you are finished.

  • $\begingroup$ Please don't edit questions just to bump them to the top of the front page. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry it was unintended $\endgroup$
    – Melkor
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 22:59
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry it took so long but I have updated the question to make it more doable and added a bounty because this is a good puzzle, the first bit was just to difficult $\endgroup$
    – Melkor
    Commented Mar 8, 2017 at 20:29
  • $\begingroup$ Is it significant that, for the second message, the right-most major vertical gap is wider than the other one? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 3:30
  • $\begingroup$ @can-ned_food no $\endgroup$
    – Melkor
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 20:25

1 Answer 1


Not an answer, but hope this helps:

The hex values for the 3 squares are

303439 644E52 565423

The three boxes underneath are all the same, and match the symbol on the computer screen.

The green box has a value of


And the white lines are made of different colours.

The top boxes don't translate into anything from hexadecimal or ascii, however the green box with lines, the green in hexadecimal is


Possibly hinting towards ascii.

The blob that the second arrow leads to is


Which in ascii is


Not sure if thats helpful


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