The concept of extraterrestrial life suddenly became less taboo, with even government officials focusing on the investigation of UFOs and UAPs – unidentified aerial phenomena. Days after Congress held its first public hearing on the issue in half a century, a new study has been released suggesting alien motherships may be littering the galaxy…maybe.
A new study published in the International Journal of Astrobiology earlier this year suggests that extraterrestrial civilizations could potentially attach themselves to any number of the approximately 70 free-floating planets in the Milky Way as they migrate through the galaxy.
“Nearly 10 years ago, while reading about floating planet discoveries, I thought of a hypothetical scenario of a floating planet approaching the solar system,” physicist Irina Romanovskaya told Vice’s Motherboard at the study support. “There are no traffic lights in the Galaxy. If the solar system is in the path of a free-floating planet, the planet will not stop at a red light. It will fly through the solar system. The likelihood of such an event would depend on the number of free-floating planets in our Galaxy, which at that time remained to be estimated.”
Free-floating planets, of course, are those celestial bodies not tied to a certain history and have no real orbit around a host. At any given time, scientists believe there could be more than billions of such planets in the known universe, and with the technology we have today, there’s virtually no way to know. whether an alien civilization may have ever attached itself to a planet. .
“This increases the chances that some advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, if they exist, could hitch a ride on floating planets,” Romanovskaya added. “That’s why I call these hypothetical civilizations cosmic hitchhikers.”
One way to get evidence, Romanovskaya says, is NASA’s new James Webb Telescope, which will soon provide its first full-resolution images.
“NASA has already sent spacecraft to travel to the outskirts of the solar system and beyond,” she concluded. “Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, another spacecraft will be sent to the remote regions of our planetary system to study any newly discovered objects that may be captured on free-floating planets.”
The complete study can be ready here.
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