Are we alone in the universe? This is without a doubt the most fundamentally sought after question of our age, or perhaps any age. It may well be a rhetorical question and many theoretical physicists and astronomers believe this is something that might be impossible to guess or tell, citing that communication between two highly civilized societies and planets would be nigh impossible. This is down to the sheer vastness of space. Distances are incomprehensibly vast to the average person on the street, so imagine trying to cover those colossal distances...
Recently, the world stood still in astonishment as a major discovery was unearthed by the Kepler planet hunting telescope. The mission of Kepler, since 2009, has been to ferret out the presence of planets around other stars, termed “exoplanets.” By locating a regular dip in light in front of a star, Kepler is able to ascertain the position of a planet and the telescope’s discoveries have run into thousands so far, even revealing the Holy Grail of exoplanet spotting, one or two Earth sized planets orbiting in the “Goldilocks Zone" - an area around a star where liquid water is possible, indicating a high chance of life.
Within the last month however, Kepler noticed a large object fly past a star and several rapid objects all at once afterwards. Speculation has abounded, vis-à-vis the kind of celestial objects these are. They range from space debris to comets, yet the organization concerned with hunting extraterrestrial life, SETI, posited an instance that was far less mundane to our fertile imaginations. Perhaps we had finally glimpsed an alien super structure orbiting a star? Something like the hypothesized Dyson Sphere, theorized to harness a star’s energy to meet the consumption needs of a highly advanced alien civilization.
Now that alien life is abuzz throughout the media again, here is a rundown of the most shocking UFO sightings.
12 Phoenix Lights
11 Texas Sighting
10 The Chiles-Whitted Encounter
9 Jimmy Carter
8 Green Fireball Sightings
7 The Kecksburg Incident
6 Lonnie Zamora
5 Tennessee College Campus
4 The Battle of Los Angeles
3 Frederick Valentich
2 Kanpur City Sighting
This is no doubt the most famous UFO incident of all time, yet again based in New Mexico. In 1947 it was believed that the government had captured an alien spacecraft that had crash landed on earth. The US government of course denied this and maintained that the apparent flying saucer glimpsed by UFO hunters was in fact a classified spying device. The incident has become a legend and is a benchmark of UFO hunter folklore. The story has even been adapted for the silver screen. Conspiracies abound as frequently as the hot motes of sand clog the New Mexico wind, some believe that the US government had captured aliens and performed autopsies, other say they communicated and they still visit facilities such as Area 51 in Nevada. Other theories exist that they acquired alien spacecrafts due to the crash and have been developing covert technology since the 50s. As usual, no solid confirmation has been attainable from either party and Roswell remains one of the most popular occurrences cited by UFO hunters.
Sources: nationalgeographic.com, stylist.co.uk
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