Jul 8, 2021 • 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada), 4:00 PM Pacific.
UFOs are suddenly serious business. The Pentagon’s confirmation of “unidentified aerial phenomena” has led to a heightened level of excitement and speculation about the possibility of contact with extraterrestrial life. So what’s really going on here? There is perhaps no one better qualified to answer the big questions about the search for intelligent life in the universe than astronomer Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.
Shostak will discuss how the UFO phenomenon differs in fundamental respects from science’s search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Two-thirds of the American populace believes that our galaxy is home to other intelligent beings. And one-third believe that clever creatures are piloting their spacecraft through our atmosphere, occasionally making themselves visible to Navy pilots. Meanwhile, a tiny group of scientists is trying to find proof of intelligence that could be situated dozens or thousands of light-years away. But why try to contact beings billions of miles away if they’re already at our front door?