..And moving on from the continuing debate as to whether the Roswell Incident was just a balloon sighting, let’s also move on from speculation as to the authenticity or otherwise, of any or all alleged sightings since or before…

As a child, I was completely fascinated by the whole idea of aliens, spaceships, space battles and the like. I loved sci-fi movies and TV programmes and if I’m honest, still do. I was a huge fan of Star Trek as a child, loved the Star Wars films. I almost lived in a fantasy world, where I imagined mysterious worlds, advanced alien races, and me the captain of a huge mile-long Nova Prime Ship, protecting the Earth from all comers.

My imagination provided perhaps the most entertainment, at that time of my life, and I revelled in it with endless enthusiasm!

Amidst this fascination with all things alien and mysterious, a very real and genuine belief in the possibility of alien life infiltrated, reinforced by a curious media, constant stories of alleged sightings, abductions, crop circles, and the rest. A surge of “New Age” publications suggesting the historical and continuing presence of advanced beings added to my fascination with this subject but is it all in the end, just the result of a childhood fascination turning into self-delusion in adulthood?

Am I more open to believing the impossible, because I spent my entire childhood imagining the impossible?

The universe is immensely large and possibly infinite in volume. The region visible from Earth (the observable universe) is a sphere with a radius of about 46 billion light-years,[18] based on where the expansion of space has taken the most distant objects observed. For comparison, the diameter of a typical galaxy is only 30,000 light-years, and the typical distance between two neighbouring galaxies is only 3 million light-years.[19] As an example, our Milky Way Galaxy is roughly 100,000 light-years in diameter,[20] and our nearest sister galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, is located roughly 2.5 million light-years away.[21] There are probably more than 100 billion (1011) galaxies in the observable universe.[22] Typical galaxies range from dwarfs with as few as ten million[23] (107) stars up to giants with one trillion[24] (1012) stars, all orbiting the galaxy’s centre of mass. A 2010 study by astronomers estimated that the observable universe contains 300 sextillions (3×1023) stars.[25]

It’s impossible I think, to prove or disprove any allegation, claim, writing, or individually held belief regarding this subject at this time. I’ve included the above clip from Wikipedia (thanks to them) to illustrate the relative size of our little space in the universe if only to encourage an open mind as to what is possible.

Anyone who wants an answer to the question “if they exist, why would they come here?” needs to search their own soul…