A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2021 Jun 27, 22:11 -0700
Rob van Gent, you wrote:
"Has anyone noticed that the latitude coordinate as given in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind is actually seriously wrong?
Devils Tower National Monument is located at 44.6 N, not 40.6 N – the longitude is OK."
I didn't notice that! I do recall reading about an error in the coordinates in the movie at some point, but I misunderstood it as an error in the minutes instead of the degrees. If the aliens had directed everyone four miles south of Devils Tower, then that could just be directions to the valet parking. But if the aliens are sending them four degrees south of the landing site, well, that suggests they might not be so friendly after all. Maybe the location four degrees south is a warehouse filled with copies of their guidebook to their plans for humanity: title "To Serve Man". Actually, I have always wondered what happened to "Roy" (Richard Dreyfuss) aboard the mothership. Did he experience the wonders of the Universe? Did he advance to a new form of consciousness? Did he learn to play their giant Casio keyboard? Or did they just eat him?!