Rendlesham Forest Incident: The Time Travelers’ Binary Message

Posted by on September 7, 2015
Last Updated: July 1, 2017

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?


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About the Author Post by Rob Schwarz Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
  • Mikel Spring

    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.


  • luke

    Very interesting yet I still don’t believe crop circles are anything more than artists or pranksters

  • jlouis

    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.

    • Rob

      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…

    • Zackknowitall

      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.

    • Interesting thought.

    • jurb

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

  • Ruben

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    • Rob

      That’s a fair point. Why do aliens/time travelers have to be so cryptic?

    • Laurie

      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.

  • Laurie

    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. .