Extra-terrestrial possibilities

When the tinfoil hats come off, and our thinking caps come on, how realistic is the possibility that life actually exists?

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We see the occasional UFO sighting on the news, and always wonder, could aliens really exist? We’ve only scratched the surface of our own galaxy, which is 100,000 light years across. So maybe, just maybe, the rest of the unimaginably colossal universe that we haven’t explored could have at least just one trace of other life? These wondrous thoughts are often pummeled by renowned NASA scientists and slapped as merely “impossible”. Some still believe that the only evidence we have are from personal accounts of alien probings from casual night-time strolls, but there is surprisingly far more than that. Once you filter out the conspiracy theories and air-balloon sightings, the evidence is quite compelling.

First, it is mathematically probable that aliens exist. Dating back to 1961, Frank Drake, an astronomer, created an equation that estimated the likelihood of alien life existence. This equation takes into account a number of factors like average number of planets able to support life and the fraction that could go on to support intelligent life. Statistically, hundreds of thousands of such planets technically should exist.

One of the most notable cases of possible alien detection was The Wow! Signal, a bizarre radio signal detected in 1977. The 72-second transmission was seen by the Big Ear radio observatory at Ohio State University, and came from near the constellation Sagittarius. This signal was 30 times more powerful than average radiation in deep space, so astronomer Jerry Ehman wrote “Wow!” on the computer printout when he watched the telescope data. Although there is no evidence that actually links the transmission to an alien civilization, there has never been a repeat of this message from the same direction since.

No matter how absurd UFO sightings may seem, there have been sightings throughout history that remain inexplicable. In 1853, a number of students and professors at the Tennessee College campus claimed to have seen a UFO. More recently, in 2008, there was the famed Stephenville Lights case, where over 200 witnesses supposedly spotted a flying object. You might find reports from astronauts with PhD’s of UFO sightings more credible. Just a few astronauts who claimed to see mysterious flying objects are Dr. Brian O’Leary, Edgar Mitchell and Cady Coleman.

The most interesting evidence comes from our own government. In 1952, the U.S Air Force started a series of systematic studies of UFOs called ‘Project Blue Book’. This project was the 3rd study of its kind, and had goals of determining if UFOs were a threat to national security, and scientifically analyzing UFO-related data. Thousands and thousands of UFO reports were gathered, examined and filed. Due to the Condon Report, in 1968, the project was shut down because the report concluded that there was nothing anomalous about UFOs. Project Blue Book concluded that no UFO evaluated by the Air Force was a threat to national security, no evidence represented technological advancements beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge, and no evidence showed that sightings were extraterrestrial vehicles. But, out of the 12,618 UFO reports collected, a percentage remained classified as unexplained, even with rigorous analysis.

Whether you believe that there may be aliens out there or not, there is enough evidence to make people question it. While some refuse to even think about the possibility of alien existence, others are convinced that we are not alone in this universe.

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