posted on May, 10 2003 @ 05:22 PM
Just to add to Gazrock's comment about Zeta Reticuli 1 and 2..
The folkloric nature of those stars among people who follow UFOlogy began when a woman in the late sixties analyzed the 'star map' Betty Hill (whose
abduction story was one of the first to be circulated by the mainstream press) drew while recounting her abduction while under hypnosis. The 'map'
was a 3d projection she saw in the alien craft, consisting of nearby, sun-like stars that the aliens travelled to ('trade routes' and all included).
When the aliens asked her if she knew which star was hers, Betty couldn't reply, so they immediately shut the map off and went on to other
Later on, in the 80s, a group calling themselves the 'aviary', who claimed to be government employees, said that the aliens, in fact, came from Zeta
Reticuli 1 and 2. Along with a lot of people, I'm doubtfull as to their believability...
The ZR 1 and 2 legend was amplified in the 90s when, according to the internet folktale, astronomers listed ZR1 as having a planet in an online
catalogue of 'extra-solar' planets. Also according to this story, the planet was yanked from the catalogue within a few days.
Also in UFO folklore, Betelguese has been mentioned as the home system for a race of taller 'greys'... though my guess is that Betelguese was just
selected as the home system, for the story, because it's a well-known star that anyone can find.
.. so far as distances go, aliens could use large, multi generational ships to go from one star to another over the course of decades or centuries,
then built a 'base of operations' on an uninhabited planet upon reaching a system with intelligent life in it. This nearby 'base' would allow
them to operate smaller craft, on the lines of 'flying saucers' or 'big black triangles', for scouting-out earth. then, again, a civilization
that is thousands of years older than us may be able to create artificial 'wormholes'... thus allowing a small ship to cross interstellar distances
in a tolerable time period.