By Wallis Rogin
Art by Tracy Zhang
If you hadn’t heard of “E.T.,” you may have heard the movie title in the last six months with the new research surrounding unidentified flying objects (U.F.O.). There are many movies like “E.T.” centered around aliens, but since they are mostly science fiction, they are not taken seriously. However, a few documentaries were released as a result of the U.F.O. research, causing people to take another look at the reality of extraterrestrial life.
In June of 2020, the Pentagon finally confirmed that they have been investigating various U.F.O sightings since 2004 with an organization called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force. They researched over 100 possible U.F.O sightings and their findings were recently made public just this June of 2021.
Their research was to determine what was flying in our atmosphere and if it was a threat. Out of those possible 144 U.F.O sightings, the Task Force could only identify one as a giant balloon. They gave possible explanations of the other 143, such as airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, or even classified U.S. technology.
The research neither confirmed nor denied the existence of extraterrestrial life in our atmosphere, but it is doubtful that these sightings are of extraterrestrial origin. Even though an alien spacecraft is a possible explanation, the distances between two solar systems is so huge that it doesn’t make sense to assume that these “aliens” can travel several light years. To put it in perspective, traveling one light year would take 37,200 human years.
St. Mary’s physics teacher Mrs. Levi said, “The chances of that actually happening are so minuscule because they would have to come to our little Earth, which is such a particular point in space and in time.”
Because of these reasons, 89% of people believe that aliens are not in Earth’s atmosphere. However, that means that 11% of people fully believe that they have made it to our planet. Most of these people are not professionals and are just looking for something to believe in, but there are a few experts who think that aliens are definitely on our planet.
Robert Bigelow, a CEO in the space industry said, “There has been and is an existing presence, an extraterrestrial presence.”
Because of the distance between solar systems, the amount of information we have access to, and the findings of the government, the probability of an alien spacecraft visiting Earth is low. However, I believe that we are not alone in this universe, and there is bound to be another life form in our galaxy.
The chances are slim that aliens will choose our tiny little blue and green planet over everything in the infinite universe. Even so, just because aliens might not have made it to us yet, when they do, we can hope that our friend E.T. is coming to see us.
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