Are we alone? Unfortunately, none of the answers is satisfactory.
Being alone in this vast universe is a lonely prospect. On the other hand, when we are not alone and out there is someone or something powerful, that's scary too.
As a NASA researcher and now a professor of physics, I attended the NASA Contact Conference in 2002, which focused on serious speculation about aliens, reports The Conversation
During the meeting, an affected participant loudly said in a sinister tone: "You have absolutely no idea what's out there! " The silence was palpable as the truth of that statement entered. People are afraid of aliens visiting Earth.
Perhaps the distances between the stars are fortunately immensely large. At least that's what novices tell us, who are just learning to travel into space.
I've always been interested in UFOs. Of course, there was the excitement that there could be aliens and other living worlds. But more exciting for me was the possibility that interstellar travel was technologically accessible.
At that time, I thought this professor would be nonsense. But 20 years later, I was astonished to see a recording of a press conference in which several former US Air Force employees described a similar incident in the 1960s with a pair of Malmstrom AFB. Of course, there must be something in it.
Since July 2nd is World UFO Day, it is a good time for society to address the disturbing and refreshing fact that we are not alone.
I think we have to face this possibility that some of the weird flying objects that surpass the best aircraft in our inventory and oppose the explanation can actually be remote visitors – and there's plenty of evidence for UFO sightings to support.
THE FERMI PARADOX
The nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi was famous for his thought-provoking questions.
In 1950, Fermi asked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, after discussing UFOs over lunch, "Where is everyone?" He estimated that there were about 300 billion stars in the galaxy, many billions of years older than the Sun, and a large percentage of them could host habitable planets.
Even though only a very small percentage of planets evolved, there should be a number of intelligent civilizations in the galaxy. Depending on the assumptions, one should expect between tens and tens of thousands of civilizations.
With the rocket-based technologies we've developed for space, it would take between 5 and 50 million years for a civilization like ours to populate our Milky Way.
Since this has happened several times in the history of our galaxy, one should wonder where the evidence for these civilizations is? This discrepancy between the expectation that there should be evidence of foreign civilization or visitations and the assumption that no visits were observed was termed the Fermi paradox.
Carl Sagan summed up the situation correctly by saying that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof". The problem is that there was not a single well-documented UFO encounter that would be considered a smoking weapon by itself.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that many governments around the world have covered up and classified information about such encounters. But there is enough evidence to suggest that the problem must be open to scientific study.
UFOS, TABOO FOR PROFESSIONALISTS
When it comes to science, the scientific method requires hypotheses to be verifiable for conclusions to be verified. UFO encounters are neither controllable nor repeatable, making their study extremely difficult. But the real problem, in my opinion, is that the UFO theme is taboo.
While the public has been fascinated by UFOs for decades, our governments, scientists and media have essentially stated that of all UFO sightings a result of the weather phenomenon or human actions.
None are extraterrestrial spacecraft. And no aliens have visited the earth. In essence, we are told that the topic is nonsense.
UFOs are taboo for serious scientific studies and rational discussions, which sadly leaves the subject in the field of marginal and pseudo-scientists, many of whom argue with conspiracy theories and theories on the field wild speculation.
I think UFO skepticism has become something of a religion with an agenda that disregards the possibility of extraterrestrials without scientific evidence, while often providing stupid hypotheses that describe only one or two aspects of a UFO encounter, which strengthens the popular belief there is a plot.
A scientist must consider all possible hypotheses that explain all the data, and as little is known, the extraterrestrial hypothesis can not yet be ruled out. In the end, skeptics of science often do a disservice by providing a bad example of how to operate science.
The fact is that many of these encounters – still a very small percentage of the total – contradict the conventional explanation. 19659002] The media is exacerbating skepticism by publishing information on UFOs when it's exciting, but always with a mocking or whimsical tone, reassuring the public that it can not possibly be true. But there are credible witnesses and encounters.
Why do not astronomers see UFOs?
I am often asked by friends and colleagues, "Why do not astronomers see UFOs?" The fact is that they do.
In 1977, Peter Sturrock, a professor of space research and astrophysics at Stanford University, sent 2,611 questionnaires on UFO sightings to members of the American Astronomical Society. He received 1,356 answers, of which 62 astronomers – 4.6 percent – reported or observed inexplicable aerial phenomena.
This rate is comparable to about 5 percent of UFO sightings never explained.
As expected, Sturrock found these astronomers who witnessed UFOs were more observers in the night sky. Over 80 percent of Sturrock respondents were willing to investigate the UFO phenomenon if there was a way to do so.
More than half of them felt that the topic should be investigated, compared to 20 percent who should not. The survey also found that younger scientists were more likely to support the study of UFOs.
UFOs were observed by telescopes. I know of a telescope sighting by an experienced amateur astronomer, watching an object in the form of a plectrum moving through the field of view of the telescope.
Other sightings are documented in the book "Miracles in Heaven," in which the authors compile numerous observations of unexplained aerial phenomena made by astronomers and published in scientific journals during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Evidence from Government and Military Officers
Some of the most compelling observations came from government officials. In 1997, the Chilean government founded the Comité de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos (CEFAA) to study UFOs. Last year, CEFAA released footage of a UFO recorded on helicopters with a Wescam infrared camera.
The countries Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom have outclassed their UFO files since 2008.
The French Committee for In-depth Studies (COMETA) was an unofficial UFO research group composed of high-ranking scientists and military personnel who studied UFOs in the late 1990s.
They Published the COMETA Report
They concluded that 5 percent of the encounters were reliable but inexplicable: the best available hypothesis was that the observed ship was extraterrestrial.
They also accused the United States of covering up evidence of UFOs. Iran is concerned about spherical UFOs observed near nuclear power plants they call "CIA drones", which are about 30 feet in diameter, capable of reaching speeds up to Mach 10 and can leave the atmosphere.
Such speeds are on par with the fastest experimental aircraft, but unthinkable for a ball with no elevator surfaces or an obvious drive mechanism.
In December 2017, the New York Times broke a story about the classified Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, which was a $ 22 million program by former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo and aimed to study UFOs.
Elizondo resigned from running the program, protesting against extreme secrecy and lack of funding and support. Following his resignation, Elizondo, along with several others from the defense and intelligence community, was recruited by the To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, recently founded by Tom DeLonge to study UFOs and interstellar travel.
Associated with the launch of the Academy, the Pentagon downgraded three videos of UFO encounters taken with forward-looking infrared cameras on F-18 fighters.
While such revelations arouse much excitement, I am reminded of a quote from Retired Army Colonel John Alexander: "Disclosure has happened. … I've got piles of generals, including Soviet generals, who have come out and said that UFOs My point is, how often do high officials have to come and say that this is real? "
A TOPICAL MERGER OF SERIOUS STUDY
There is a lot of evidence that a small percentage of these UFO sightings are structured unidentified Airplanes are those that have flying abilities beyond all known human technology.
While there is not a single case for which there is evidence that could withstand scientific rigor, there are cases of simultaneous observation by several reliable witnesses, along with radar echoes and photographic evidence showing activity patterns (19659002) Decrypted information Undercover studies are interesting, but not scientifically helpful.
This is a topic worthy of open scientific inquiry until there is a scientific consensus based on evidence rather than on previous expectation or conviction. If there really are alien ships visiting Earth, it would be very useful to know about them, their nature, and their intentions.
In addition, this would provide a great opportunity for humanity to expand and develop our knowledge and technology and reshape our understanding of our place in the universe.