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While Rees said he hopes real extraterrestrials will be detected within the next 40 years, he's completely and "utterly unconvinced" that any ETs have been visiting 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."
Another astronomer, James McGaha, said he agrees with Rees' contention that UFO reports should be dismissed.
"I totally agree with that. Rees is making what I call an elegant argument," McGaha, a retired Air Force pilot and director of the Grasslands Observatory in Tucson, Ariz., told HuffPost.
McGaha gives no credence to any of the tens of thousands of UFO sightings or encounters that reliable people have reported.
"I don't think there's a single observation or report that I'm aware of that indicates an alien spacecraft -- not one," he said. "And I've looked at all of the important cases.
Sure, common sense eventually prevails but I believe it is disingenuous and irresponsible for them to take such a biased stance without absolute proof.
Originally posted by Rubicant13
Color me a kook then. I saw one in 1998 here in Pennsylvania.
Since we don't really know what the small percentage of unknowns are, however, all we can do is keep looking, and perhaps even attempt new tests for measuring the phenomena.
Originally posted by Jaellma
5) Can man-made objects fly silently at radar-confirmed 100,000 mph + and make 50g+ right-angle turns in our atmosphere? Some go from start to these ridiculous speeds in mere seconds minus the hypersonic boom.