It's a big day for alien watchers and sci-fi fans (okay, scientists too.) Overnight, Britain declassified a whole spaceship full of files for the first time detailing hundreds of sightings of unexplained objects in the skies over Britain.
Green men with big heads? That's so space-ist! Not quite but according to the investigator at the Ministry of Defense,
"while there's no evidence of little green men in these files, they should be of immense interest to skeptics and believers. Most of the UFO sightings here are probably misidentifications of aircraft lights and meteors, but some are more difficult to explain, they include UFOs seen by police officers and pilots, and cases where UFOs have been tracked on radar."
While the files have scientific and defense significance, this is funny: "The files also note that the number of UFO reports doubled after the release of Steven Spielberg's film Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977."
Not to be outdone, NASA had its own big announcement today — they found something they've been searching for 50 years! To find out what it is,
Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the Milky Way's most recent supernova, which exploded a mere 140 years ago, a few years after the Civil War.
Wired liveblogged the announcement saying:
10:16: Reynolds continuing: Supernova located approximately 26,000 light years away from here. Shockwave moving 5 percent of the speed of light, the fastest ever observed. This supernova exhibits special kind of X-ray activity, one of only 4 supernovae with these X-rays, which are incredibly high energy, far beyond anything that even the Large Hadron Collider will create.
Why so cool? Well, it's all about us. "Supernovae make the chemical elements through real alchemy. The calcium in our bones and iron in our blood came from supernovae that exploded. So we're all stardust and it seems reasonable to want to know how elements get formed when stars explode," said one of the scientists. "This is a stellar death and the corpse is still warm."
Are we alone out here? Do you get excited about scientific announcements like this? Do these announcements, plus the Vatican saying today (!) that we should believe in aliens mean anything? I'm just saying if it takes three instances to make a trend, aliens are looking pretty out of this world right now!