57 alien species: Are we alone in the universe?
Only 57 alien species? That doesn't sound like very many when you consider that our galaixy alone is 156 billion light years wide, and growing still. That is according to Robert Roy Britt, Senior Science Writer on SPACE.com.
In this vast amount of space, our galaixy and beyond, I certainly hope that we are not the smartest beings around. I'm not going to go into all the mathematics of light years and how much and how fast that is, but let's just say that 156 billion light years wide is really big. Now, going with that size, are we really that egotistical to believe that we are the only intelligent being in that vast amount of space?
We can also take a look at all the "encounters" that are happening. There have been millions of sightings through out the world, not just in the United States, but also in every country around the world. Yes, there are some that have been faked. And I'm sure that there are stories that have been stretched some, but does that make all of them false? I don't think so. If it were to make them all false, that would be like saying there is one bad apple so we must throw out the whole basket, and we don't do that.
You can call me crazy, but I personally have had an unusual encounter when I was younger; and I was not alone when this took place. I was about 15, and my mom was in the car with me. We were driving due North for eight miles, and there was, what at first looked like a star, that stayed visible through the passenger window for the whole eight miles. My mom noticed it as well. We pulled off to the side of the road and looked at this thing. It looked like an orange/yellow star. That was all we saw. After about 5 minutes of staring at it, it shot straight up into the sky. It went very fast, and had no sound. It went straight up through, what I can only describe as a black square marked by four more stars in the corners. The star that we were watching went straight up and through that black square, and vanished.
I have often looked up into the night skies since that time, trying to find that black square with the stars in the four corners. I never have seen that again. Of course the other side of that is that the night skies are so vast, and there are so many stars, how could one possibly ever think that they could find that one particular place again. But then I have to stop and remind my self that we are able to locate the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, and all of those other constellations whenever we want to look for them. So why can't I find that black square with the four stars marking it?