The search for aliens has been going on for some time. So has the search for the Loch Ness monster. And both share similar patterns. Both seem to come in waves, surging and going quiet for years at a time.
Right now we are in a surge. Photography has come a long way since Apollo 11 filmed an alien spacecraft off the – wait for it – starboard bow. It turned out that it was, in fact, a boom attached to the Command module, which had caught the light at exactly the right angle.
More recent sightings seem to be more authentic, or the methods of fooling cameras has become extremely sophisticated. A cube was ‘observed’ exiting the sun and looking very like a Borg Cube (resistance is futile). It was, according to the ‘prominent’ alien hunter Scott Waring, who got the image from NASA’s own Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite, ten times bigger than the Earth. It was in the sun, he thinks, refuelling.
So, it is square, which is fine – in space. It was refuelling in the sun, which makes sense if it is that advanced that it needs that much energy to refill its gas-guzzling size.
What is a little confusing – and let’s assume for the moment that the Cube is actually an alien ship – is the sheer size of the thing. Something ten times the size of our planet would house, presumably 10 times the population of our planet, which seems like a lot of friends to take with you if you are out exploring the Universe. Or, it could mean that these aliens are freakishly big – a crew of 12, say, each one the size of Australia.
It could mean that they are not just exploring, that they have already done the reconnaissance and are moving their entire planet in to live with us, or not with us, depending on their policy about colonisation (assimilate or die).
The Cube is not the only recent sighting. The trouble is that when you start searching for aliens, the internet will show you adverts to more and more creative sites. Blobs above mountains, fiery trails across the desert, flashes of light within thunderstorms (wait, what?) and even the good old-fashioned crop circles in the local farmer’s field.
It is true that recently the US Navy has published videos of UFOs. And the conclusion when you watch them is that, yes, they are UFOs, as in Unidentified Flying Objects, not necessarily of alien construction.
And they are not all huge, either. A Professor in Manchester, UK, has been photographing fairies in his garden for a while now. And isn’t a fairy really an alien? Mind you, looking at the images, they seem more like something you would go fishing with than ask for a wish.
The other thing, of course, is that we assume that aliens are a reasonably new phenomenon. And some would say we are wrong. It may be that the search for aliens is leading us in the wrong direction or at least taking us on a diversion from the whole picture.
Native Americans, for example, or at least some of them believe that ‘star people’ are part of their inheritance and legacy.
As Stephane Wuttanee of the Lakota people says, “Far from being anything to be feared, Star People was just another term I grew up around.” I remember listening in awe and fascination at the thought of us having relations that lived off and outside our world, and sometimes spoke to them in my silent moments at night. I wanted to know who they were and what they looked like, if they had families like us etc.[…] It wasn’t until my later teens that I discovered that people from the dominant cultures were talking about the same “people” as my elders did, though each side’s sense of perception of these people seemed radically different from one another.”
Whether aliens have been here before (and perhaps are back for good in their Cube) or whether they are hibernating under the ice fields of Pluto, or even already among us and we can’t see them, the search for aliens goes on. One day, it is safe to say, we will find them, or they will find us. Whether it is here or ‘out there’ somewhere remains to be seen.