Is it aliens? Three questions to evaluate UFO claims

There are few things more profound than the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. If we were to discover microbes floating around Venus, find signs of past life on Mars, or receive a radio signal from intelligent beings, the course of human history would be forever changed.The search for life requires that we keep an open mind. With the U.S. government now publicly discussing UFOs — unidentified aerial phenomena, in modern parlance — and confirming the authenticity of genuinely strange videos, it’s easy to get swept away by thoughts of flying saucers and little green men.We must also be cautious and apply scientific scrutiny to fantastical news. But how? While no one guide can unpack the specifics of every UFO sighting, here are three questions you can ask yourself to judge extraordinary claims that may lack extraordinary evidence.Does the UFO sighting violate our understanding of physics?Many observations of UFOs require them to break the laws of physics as we know them, by either moving extremely fast and suddenly or by not showing up on radar or other sensors.Humanity knows the laws of physics very well. We use physics to launch space missions, take pictures of…

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Is it aliens? Three questions to evaluate UFO claims

Updated: June 9, 2021 — 10:29 pm