|Messier 13; ST80 on Vixen SP; 16x120|
Messier 13 was chosen as the target for the Arecibo message of 1974. The message was a single (non-repeated) transmission of binary data that, when decoded, provided various details about Earth and humankind. It was not meant to be a serious attempt at contacting extraterrestrial life, though. Instead, the message was intended to demonstrate the capabilities of the newly refurbished Arecibo radio telescope. I am sure that we can all take comfort in that fact when some alien civilization intercepts the message and sends a fleet of warships to exterminate humanity.
This image is dedicated to Jeff the (Former) Programmer. I'm gonna miss working with ya!
Addendum: Jeff isn't dead or anything. He recently resigned from where I work.