For UFO buffs, aliens are everywhere. Sometimes they are in Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings, sometimes in a circular disc floating around in the horizon and sometimes in a small dot in a picture taken near the International Space Station.
From time to time videos crop up to tell us we are not alone in this universe. Sample some headlines: ‘Alien found near Texas’; ‘Alien walking on the moon’; and ‘Unusual movement in Mars caught in video’.
These are big draws in social media. The hype ebbs, but never truly dies because such stories have long shelf lives.
What is unusual is that many mainsteam media houses have started reporting these sightings. What used to be the domain of the random has now found place in prime time news.
Here are some of the reports in last one month.
On September 20, people in Portsmouth saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the sky at dusk.
A news service quoted a local as saying, "It was a grey, disc-like shape, which I know sounds like a stereotypical UFO, but that's what it looked like."
Image: Portsmouth UFO sighting. Source : Twitter
UFOs and ISS
Then, there is this deep and mysterious — never explained — link between UFOs and International Space Station. Videos connecting the two surface with unerring regularity. Type "UFO ISS" in Youtube search tab and count the total number of videos. It goes on for pages.
Here are some recent ones.
And finally humans started searching other planets for aliens.
UFO admirers used Google Moon, a service that allows people to traverse the lunar surface like how Google Earth allows you to do for our planet, and came up with this.
They didn't leave Mars too. When Curiosity Rover sent back images from Mars, many spotted this small speck on the edge of the photo. Lo and behold, there was their UFO.