Time TravelUnidentified Aerial Phenomena

Rendlesham Forest Incident: The Time Travelers’ Binary Message

At about 3:00 a.m. on December 26, 1980, Sergeant Jim Penniston and a team of other servicemen at RAF Woodbridge ventured into the Rendlesham Forest to investigate strange lights that had been witnessed descending into the trees.

In an interview years later (watch it here), Penniston would recall the event, which is now known as the Rendlesham Forest Incident.

At the time, he had expected the situation to be routine – a downed aircraft of some sort, nothing extraordinary. But what he found instead was an unidentified craft unlike any he had seen before. A bright light glowed, eventually subsiding to reveal a black, triangular object with a metallic, though seemingly glassy, surface. It glimmered with strange red and blue lights.

Penniston could see no landing gear, no exhaust, no windows. He did, however, notice some symbols, and for a moment he thought, hopefully, that he would find what he’d expected – an insignia referring to some top-secret U.S. government test craft, or perhaps a failed NASA experiment. But upon closer inspection, the symbols appeared more like hieroglyphs, cryptic designs that he could not understand.

As he would later share in the 2014 book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest. the sound in the area deadened. When at first they could hear the trees and animals within the forest, near the mysterious craft they could hear nothing. Static electricity tingled their skin and raised their hair. Time itself felt like it slowed down.

Penniston described it as a “dragging of time.” After the ordeal was finished, the servicemen noticed their watches were incorrect, and what had felt like only a few minutes had actually been a few hours.

A Telepathic Message

“During the night I was often wakening with thoughts, or rather images, of visions of ones and zeros running through my mind, my mind’s eye…” – Jim Penniston, Encounter in Rendlesham Forest

Before he and the others returned to report their findings, Jim Penniston did something that would change the course of his future forever – he placed his hand upon the mysterious glyphs on the surface of the craft. When he did so, he became engulfed in a bright white light, and lost all sense of sight and sound.

When he “awoke” from this trance-like state, he found himself standing near the craft. It began to glow once again, then ascended above the trees and vanished in an instant.

The following day, Penniston began to see them: images in his mind of thousands of ones and zeros. He didn’t know what to make of them, but he wrote them down in his notebook, along with drawings of the strange glyphs (you can view these drawings here).

As soon as he finished writing them down, the images of the ones and zeros vanished from his mind. He put the notebook away, out of sight, and forgot about them.

The Binary Code

It wasn’t until the year 2010, after being contacted to share his story on the popular History Channel program Ancient Aliens, that Penniston revealed the existence of his notebook filled with the cryptic ones and zeros.

Along with the help of Linda Moulton Howe and other experts, he discovered that the ones and zeros were actually binary code, and when translated contained the following message:

Exploration of Humanity 666 8100
52.0942532N 13.131269W
Continuous For Planetary ADVAN???
Fourth Coordinate Continuout UQS CbPR BEFORE
16.763177N 89.117768W
34.800272N 111.843567W
29.977836N 31.131649E
14.701505S 75.167043W
36.256845N 117.100632E
37.110195N 25.372281E
Eyes of Your Eyes
Origin 52.0942532N 13.131269W
Origin Year 8100

What he saw astounded him: had he been granted an otherworldly message in binary code? It consisted of what seemed to be coordinates to locations around the world: Caracol, Belize; Sedona, Arizona; the Great Pyramid of Giza; the Nazca Lines in Peru; Tai Shan Qu, China; the Portara at the Temple of Apollo in Nexos, Greece; and a purported location of the mysterious phantom island, Hy-Brasil.

Deciphering the Future

Penniston, as well as others who have analyzed the strange message, does not believe that the craft he saw at Rendlesham Forest was extraterrestrial in nature.

Instead, looking closely at the contents of the message, a bizarre possibility unravels: is it a message from the future?

The Rendlesham Forest Incident Information Portal contains images of Penniston’s drawings, as well as scans of the 16 or so pages upon which he wrote the cryptic binary message.

It also posits that the binary message itself is actually the product of human time travelers from the year 8100 (hence “Origin Year 8100”). These same time travelers, whatever their purpose (“Exploration of Humanity,” perhaps?), are also responsible for most UFO sightings, and are in fact the ones leaving mysterious crop circles around the planet.

It is suggested that these crop circles are actually markers for fellow time travelers to assist them in navigating multiple timelines.

The coordinates in the message may be the locations of hidden portals on Earth that would allow for travel to other worlds. Or, perhaps, they mark the locations where the time travelers have traveled before. But this is just speculation.

An extraordinary tale, one with many questions – and surrounded by a great deal of skepticism. What do you believe?


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. Interesting angle. I’ve heard the story a few times before but only from the basis that it was an extraterrestrial ufo not time travellers from the future.


    1. You should watch The Crop Circle Diaries by Patti Greer then. It shows clips of crop circles being made by balls of plasma. Hundreds of people have witnessed this phenomena. Some are not real and made by humans. But the really amazing ones are the real deal.

  2. It’s nearly impossible that the English language will still be in use in more than 6,000 years from now! So the message can’t have been sent from such a distant period in the future.

    1. That’s something I’ve always found funny about the “time travelers” who call into Art Bell’s shows. They’re from the year 5000 but speak suspiciously like someone from the year 2015.

      But if I were to make an argument for this post (not that I personally believe it), I’d say this: perhaps the time travelers tailored their message for the people of this time in that area, so whoever found it would understand it.

      Another question, though, would be why they’d make it binary code. If they can telepathically implant a message, and it’s going to be translated anyway, why add that extra step? Maybe that’s just how their weird tech works, but…

      1. If I was a time traveler for the future and wanted ppl to believe that it would be easy. I would look up a major even that was to happen the next day. Then publicly the art bell show will do and say tommorw team a will win the super bowel with a score of 33-17, and players A, B, C all score points.

        Or maybe better yet. In the time period when the lotto stood selling tickets I announce the winning numbers and not just that but the actual order they come up in. Or just upload the video of the drawing 5 mins before its played live.

    2. Binary code isn’t in a language in that sense so that wouldn’t really make a difference

  3. 01001001 01110100 00100111 01110011 00100000 01101001 01101110 01110100 01110010 01100101 01110011 01110100 01100101 01100100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101001 01100110 00100000 01101001 01110100 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01110100 01110010 01110101 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101000 01100101 00100000 01110010 01100101 01100011 01101001 01100101 01110110 01100101 01100100 00100000 01100001 00100000 01101101 01100101 01110011 01110011 01100001 01100111 01100101 00100000 01100110 01110010 01101111 01101101 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100110 01110101 01110100 01110101 01110010 01100101 00101100 00100000 01001001 00100000 01110111 01101001 01110011 01101000 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101000 01100101 00100000 01110111 01101111 01110101 01101100 01100100 00100000 01101000 01100001 01110110 01100101 00100000 01100010 01100101 01100101 01101110 00100000 01100001 01100010 01101100 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01110010 01100101 01100011 01101001 01100101 01110110 01100101 00100000 01110011 01101111 01101101 01100101 00100000 01110010 01100101 01100001 01101100 00100000 01110101 01110011 01100101 01100110 01110101 01101100 01100101 00100000 01101001 01101110 01100110 01101111 01110010 01101101 01100001 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 00101110

      1. Maybe he just intercepted a message that was not actually intended for him. Guess it is possible the information could be useful to the right person.

      2. The more important question is why do powerful person’s keep this things from the public, we would be 100s of years ahead , if not for this . The real fact is that we are a people of the forgotten, we have no idea who ,when , what, or why we are who we are . Thanks to the ones we have put our fath in and given power to , until we wake from this nightmare and take control of our life’s we can never move forward.

    1. You surprised me when you mispelled the word ‘intergalactic’ in the 34th line, wondering if you could have been too tired at that time?

    2. it is interesting that the message contained no useful information. Perhaps our minds just can’t understand or are not ready. Maybe he should go back into hypnosis because there may be parts that he has forgotten, just like the Coneheads forgot their message after the crash into lake Erie.

  4. Has anyone looked at the pictures of the coordinates closely on google earth? When zooming in or out, I do see some common denominators for each of the coordinates. .

  5. So, extra-terrestrial visitors leave 8 bit binary coded ASCII messages in English? Considering only 7 bits are needed to encode the message, why is the 8th bit not being used as a parity check – this would be much more logical and would help identify potential errors in the transmission. In 1980 I used ASCII regularly and myself and colleagues would send each other messages using punched tape – very easy to read and translate as you only need to remember a few characters and all others can be extrapolated. It wouldn’t take much work to write down the text and convert it to a sequence of zeroes and ones – and this message was allegedly written down over a period of two days (27th and 28th December). Deliberately leaving out separators in the co-ordinates allows ‘interpretations’ by whoever ‘breaks’ the code – and maybe he forgot the ASCII for a decimal point (00101110, or 2E in hexadecimal).

    1. Taking it even farther, the “decoder” is full of sh*t, plainly and simply. How miraculous that aliens choose to represent coordinates in a known floating-point format used by a known Terran CPU.

  6. Why is it so hard to believe? What will our technology be like thousands of years from now?? In the year 8100, time travel could be as simple as taking the bus or train to work!!! Just imagine for one second they were humans from the future and the Roswell crash, UFO sightings over the years were and still are time machines up in the sky. If real, time travel in the wrong hands could be very dangerous and the world’s governments could’ve spent years covering it up, putting aliens from another planet stories out there to throw people off the scent. It all sounds crazy but so is aliens coming here from Mars!!!!!!!!

  7. Could it be that the aliens or whatever were worried Americans were in Britain ; and warning about a future war ? If aliens can visit, they can see. Making their presence felt

  8. Binary is the language of machines and computers. So maybe the AI in the craft was communicating. To take it a step further, maybe the craft communicates to its occupants telepathically and this individual also picked up on the crafts itinerary telepathically. It may not be a message at all just merely travel plans for the day.

  9. Looks like the first couple coordinates of the cost of Ireland are around the location of hy brasil

  10. The so-called decipherment is a crock of sh*t.

    Who’s to say the language is English? Who’s to say that this is text but that is numbers? Moreover, there are umpteen formats for representing floating-point numbers atop various CPU architectures. AMAZING that the aliens chose to represent coordinates the exact same way as, say, the CDC Cyber series from the 1960s.

    Utter poppycock! I can’t believe this clown got away with this . . . and that he excuses himself by offering some gratuitous, vague “explanation” of binary digits and the ASCII character set.

    Oh, that’s another thing: why would the aliens use ASCII and not EBCDIC or some other scheme? This reeks of horsesh*t from top to bottom.

  11. Why would there need to be an ‘Origin Year’ … and even if so, is that Earth Years?
    And why name it “Humanity” … why would an advanced earthling need to EXPLORE “Humanity” … surely they would have history books.

  12. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I’m getting ready to perform a pretty big site update. I’ve been adjusting a few things here, so there’s a good chance it’s either an error on the site or the server is having issues at the moment.