UK Royal Astronomer Says UFO Sightings Are Bunk

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Does extraterrestrial life exist, and if so, has it been to Earth? There is no concrete scientific evidence that would point to a “yes” answer to this question, but UFO enthusiasts firmly believe there is something out there and that it has been here. But as much as this group of people believes and lobbies astronomers to fund this sort of research, not surprisingly a major of the scientists say “no.”

Lord Martin Rees, the official UK Royal Astronomer, tells the Huffington Post that UFOs do not exist but commends their believers for their sincerity and passion. Although the subject is of great interest, there is no scientific evidence that says otherwise.

“We should look by all possible techniques,” Rees said. “We’ve no idea what’s out there, and so we should look for anything that might seem to be some sort of artifact rather than something natural.”

Rees, author of the new book From Here to Infinity: A Vision for the Future of Science, believes there may be extraterrestrial life out there, but more research needs to go into exploration rather than funding notions of UFOs. The British astronomer has spent nearly 40 years looking at the stars in the night sky and remains “utterly unconvinced” that any aliens have come to Earth.

“I think most astronomers would dismiss these,” Rees said. “I dismiss them because if aliens had made the great effort to traverse interstellar distances to come here, they wouldn’t just meet a few well-known cranks, make a few circles in corn fields and go away again.”

SETI Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak also believes these claims to be bunk. Shostak receives countless emails from UFO enthusiasts stating their dissatisfaction toward modern astronomers who don’t take them seriously. These emails describe “alien sightings, extraterrestrial plans for Earth, and agitated screeds about the reluctance of scientists to take the whole subject seriously.”


  1. Glenn Cooper says:

    These astronomers wouldn’t know their arse from their elbow. A classic example: there was a UFO sighting in NSW, Australia last week. Excellent photographs. Multiple witnesses observed the light zipping around the sky and making right-angle turns. A smaller object was then seen to drop out of the larger object and fly away. Astronomer Peter Vlahos said: “It was the planet Saturn, which is currently in that part of the sky.”

    Can you believe it? An astronomer who thinks planets fly around in the sky, making right-angle turns.

    These blokes simply have ZERO credibility.

    Now the object may or may not have been an extra-terrestrial craft. I am leaning towards the possibility that it probably was. But one thing is certain: it was NOT the planet Saturn. How could an astronomer make such a fundamental error??