Where do Aliens Come From?
If UFOs really are alien spacecraft, it would certainly be of interest to know where they are from.
The truth is that, if aliens are visiting us, there is no sure way for us to know where they come from. The universe is vast. Our knowledge of it is limited. And our knowledge about the capabilities of any possible alien technology is even more limited. For all we know, our paranormal visitors can teleport instantaneously from one galaxy to another, so trying to make calculations based on which systems are within reasonable flying time from Earth would seem to be a futile exercise.
The only driblets of information we have come from the reports of contactees. Of course, these are constantly hedged round with credibility problems, so must always be sifted with a sceptical eye.
MartiansIt’s fascinating to note how the home worlds attributed to aliens have changed over time as our own knowledge of the universe has expanded. For example, early in the 20th century, Mars was widely touted as the possible host of an alien civilisation. Some authors published books claiming they could see canals or cities on Mars. In War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells told the story of a Martian invasion of Earth. As late as 1938, this idea could bring people panicking onto the streets, as we saw when Orson Welles broadcast his famous radio adaptation of the Welles novel.
Now, of course, we have actually landed spacecraft on Mars. Though life there may still exist at the microbial level, we know it contains no highly-developed civilisations, at least on the surface. No one today would claim to have met aliens from Mars and expect to be taken seriously.
VenusiansOur knowledge of our own solar system really came on leaps and bounds in the last few decades. It’s interesting to note, therefore, that in the 1950s and 60s many of the early contactees, who claimed to have had contact with extra-terrestrials, would cite a planet in our own solar system as the alien home world. George Adamski, for example, one of the first self-proclaimed contactees, who is now widely but not universally regarded as a fraud, announced that he was in contact with friendly Venusians, who looked much like humans, except a little more blonde and a little more perfect.
Aliens In the Sol SystemNowadays, few of those who say they have been contacted by aliens claim the aliens come from within our own solar system, simply because we know too much about our neighbouring planets for those claims to be credible. One rather clueless exception was a gentleman who appeared on the scene a few years ago, marketing a video he had made claiming he was friends with some aliens who had taken him on tours of the solar system in their flying saucer. On one of these trips, he claimed to have landed on Jupiter and seen a flourishing alien civilisation there. He apparently failed to grasp that Jupiter is a gas giant and thus has no real solid surface for anyone to land, much less build a civilisation, on!
Zeta ReticuliOne of the most interesting suggestions emerged from the famous Betty and Barney Hill abduction case. Betty Hill, one of the abductees, was not told specifically by the aliens where they came from. She remembered seeing what looked like a star map, however. Later she described it quite precisely in her accounts of what had happened. A woman called Marjorie Fish decided to construct a model from Betty’s description and, based on it, concluded that the aliens must have come from Zeta Reticuli. This happens to mesh perfectly with what the Majestic documents, which appear to be secret government files, say about the where the alien race known as the Greys come from. It must be remembered, however, that there is an ongoing controversy about the authenticity of the Majestic documents. Astronomers tell us that Zeta Reticuli is a binary system, consisting of stars Zeta 1 and Zeta 2, which orbit one another over long time periods. They are sun-like and located around 40 light years from Earth. At around 8 billion years old, they are significantly older than our own 5-billion year old sun, allowing time for a more complex civilisation to have evolved there. No planets have yet been detected within the system, but that is far from conclusive. Our ability to detect distant planets is still rather limited.
Fascinating factoid : In Ridley Scott’s science-fiction masterpiece Alien, the alien planet is in the Zeta-2 Reticuli system!
Where Are Aliens From? - ConclusionZeta Reticuli has emerged as the most promising candidate so far for an alien home world. It is all the more credible because it emerged indirectly, from a visual description Betty Hill gave of a star map she saw. She did not mention it by name. All we know of it indicates that it would be propitious for life.
Most modern reports of contact with aliens, including Betty Hill’s, involve the Greys, small beings with large heads and bug-like eyes. In recent decades, Zeta Reticuli has surfaced quite a few times in UFO accounts, and now seems to be well-established in UFO lore as the location of the Grey homeworld.