ARE aliens real? This is a question that is often debated by scientists and the public.
While lots of people feel strongly about the matter, Nasa and other scientific organisations are often tight lipped on the subject while they continue to search for strong evidence.
Are aliens real?
The current general consensus in the science world seems to be that no one can say for sure.
To date, there is no solid evidence of life beyond Earth but, when it comes to unexplained events, the finger is often pointed at alien activity.
Nasa is an expert in space activity, but it has remained notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to alien life.
Where are extraterrestrials most likely to be found?
Scientists search for rocky planets outside our Solar System that are similar to Earth in the hope of finding a habitable planet or a planet that has life.
They look for planets that may have resources to support life, like water, oxygen or hydrogen.
A Scientific American article explains: “Since life originated on the Earth in a span much shorter than the present age of the Earth, we have additional evidence that the origin of life has a high probability, at least on planets with an abundant supply of hydrogen-rich gases, liquid water and sources of energy.
“Since those conditions are common throughout the universe, life may also be common.”
There are also experiments on Mars that are looking for signs of life or ancient life that died out.
What evidence is there for aliens?
Earlier this year, the Pentagon released its UFO report which was tipped to reveal the “truth about aliens” and US military sightings.
The report, released on the website of the Office of the Director for National Intelligence, examined 144 reports of encounters with what the government deemed “unidentified aerial phenomenon.”
Only one of those encounters could be explained by investigators by the end of the study. That case was put down to “airborne clutter.”
From an “alien autopsy” video dating back to 1995 to a video of fighter jets apparently chasing a UFO over the M5, there are hundreds of videos that people have claimed to be proof of alien life.
There’s even a clip of a UFO supposedly attacking a Taliban compound, as well as “sightings” in Peckham and Warminster.
Most of the videos have been debunked by experts. In the M5 clip, for example, the motorway lorries look like models.
While the Peckham UFOs were “almost certainly Chinese lanterns”, former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator Nick Pope told the Sun Online.
He added that “true believers wouldn’t be dissuaded” by evidence the videos are fake.
Artist Dave Huggins believes he lost his virginity to a busty alien called Crescent – and has fathered 60 ‘hybrid’ babies.
Some people even believe this picture of Jesus’ crucifixion – which hangs on the walls of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Georgia – is proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago.
In July 2017, new research was published that suggested “free-floating” earth sized plants could exist and that some of them may even be able to harbour life.
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