A short history of alien encounters
DO aliens exist? The question has baffled people for centuries.
From Roswell to the Rendlesham Forest incident in the UK, these are the sightings and conspiracy theories which UFO hunters reckon are proof of extraterrestrial life.
How many alien and UFO sightings have there been?
Numbers of UFO sightings are currently flying at an highest, according to data cruncher and blogger Sam Monfort.
The alien “expert” reckons there have been nearly 105,000 recorded UFO sightings in the past 100-plus years. And Sam is far from the only believer on our planet.
From an ‘alien autopsy’ video dating back to 1995 to a video of fighter jets apparently chasing a UFO over the M5, there are hundreds of videos which people claim are proof of alien life.
There’s even a clip of a UFO supposedly attacking a Taliban compound, as well as ‘sightings’ in Peckham and Warminster.
Most of the videos have been debunked by experts. In the M5 clip, for example, the motorway lorries look like models.
While the Peckham UFOs were “almost certainly Chinese lanterns”, former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator Nick Pope told The Sun.
He added that “true believers wouldn’t be dissuaded” by evidence the videos are fake.
Meanwhile, popstar Peter Andre claims to have seen “several UFOs” on a family trip to the Nevada desert.
The desert is also the site of America’s famous Area 51 — a highly classified military base at the centre of alien conspiracy theories, because of scores of sighting of UFOs in the area.
And artist Dave Huggins believes he lost his virginity to a busty alien called Crescent — and has fathered 60 ‘hybrid’ babies.
Some people even believe this picture of Jesus’ crucifixion — which hangs on the walls of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Georgia — is proof of alien life thousands of years ago.
What is the Roswell UFO incident?
The Roswell UFO incident is a world-renowned conspiracy theory about the existence of aliens.
In the summer of 1947, a farmer discovered unidentifiable debris in his sheep fields just outside Roswell, New Mexico.
A local air force base claimed the debris came from a crashed hot air balloon, but many people reckon it’s really the remains of a flying saucer.
The debate rumbles on, with people continuing to make claims about “leaked US government documents”, which supposedly prove it was a cover-up.
What happened at Rendlesham Forest?
Dubbed the ‘British Roswell’, a similar incident happened in Rendlesham Forest in 1980.
On December 26, Military personnel from RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge, in Suffolk, saw strange lights in a nearby forest — and three of them were sent out to investigate.
Two of them encountered a small, triangular shaped craft — which they later drew images of.
One man, Jim Penniston, got close enough to touch the side of the object.
Two nights later, Deputy Base Commander Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt and his team also encountered the UFO — and were left baffled by the entire experience.
Are there any other alien conspiracy theories?
Marilyn Monroe’s death remains shrouded in mystery, and a new conspiracy theory claims the actress was murdered by the US government — after threatening to reveal top-secret information about aliens.
The bonkers theory was revealed in UFO documentary Unacklowedged.
It is claimed that Marilyn made the threats after having affairs with both President JFK and Bobby Kennedy, and was seeking revenge as they both simultaneously ended things with her.
What is Britain’s secret UFO dossier?
An official government UFO dossier, referred to as Britain’s X Files, contains a cache of 15 unusual incidents in British skies.
It has now been released by the Ministry of Defence but, in news which is sending believers wild, they’re making it very difficult to get hold of.
Sun Online exclusively revealed that Freedom of Information requests in relation to the dossier could be blocked, because it is hushed up by EU law.
The University of Manchester and Breakthrough Initiatives are currently running their own £77 million hunt for alien life — but experts are yet to find any concrete proof.
What have NASA said about aliens?
NASA are the experts in space activity, but they remain notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to alien life.
However, they were recently forced to deny claims from hacking group Anonymous — that an alien announcement was imminent.
They have also rejected bizarre claims from former CIA case officer Robert David Steele — who said NASA are running a child sex slave colony on Mars.
To date, there is no evidence of life beyond Earth — but, when it comes to unexplained events, the finger is often pointed at alien activity.
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