There are many who think the stealth technology that went into the development of the F117, arguably America’s most advanced fighter jet was actually developed from reverse engineered crashed UFOs. That is possible. But a more unusual theory suggests that aliens may be sneakily spying on us in an even more “stealthy” way – by using so-called “New Earth Objects” (NEOs)for cover.
Over the past few years, “near miss” encounters, some just within a few thousands of miles, with asteroids and other NEOs have been on the rise. Which has led some to speculate that they may be being used by extraterrestrials to spy on the earth?
The idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Think about this. Although Earth only has one moon, it does have other natural satellites, including asteroid 2016 HO3, known as a “co-orbital object.” These tiny celestial objects could be an “attractive location for extraterrestrial intelligence,” according to a new study.
The research suggests that these space rocks could make perfect hiding grounds for an advanced civilization, given their small size and close proximity to our Earth. “These near-Earth objects provide an ideal way to watch our world from a secure natural object,” the study’s abstract reads. “[These objects] provide resources an ETI [extraterrestrial intelligence] might need, materials, a firm anchor, and concealment. [NEOs] have been little studied by astronomy and certainly not at all by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) or planetary radar observations.”
The study’s sole author, James Benford, told Live Science that it’s possible that there could be hundreds, or even thousands, of stars that have been close enough to the Earth throughout its history for a potential intelligent civilization to make contact.
The two closest stars to Earth are Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, which are approximately 4.3 light-years from Earth. A light-year, which measures distance in space, equals 6 trillion miles.
They may have seen simple life, single-celled organisms or possibly dinosaurs, depending upon when and if they viewed them. He added that there’s a chance any of the technology they used to keep tabs on Earth could still be there. “This is essentially extraterrestrial archaeology I’m talking about,” Benford told the news outlet.
Paul Davies, a physicist and astrobiologist at Arizona State University who was not involved in the study, told Live Science that even if there is no evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization found, studying co-orbitals might yield some promising finds.
“How likely is it that an alien probe would be on one of these co-orbitals, obviously extremely unlikely,” Davies told the news outlet. “But if it costs very little to go take a look, why not? Even if we don’t find E.T., we might find something of interest.”
Benford’s study was published in the Astronomical Journal.
So, next time you are out taking in a meteor shower, and see a shooting star, be sure to wave, you never know who might be watching!