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When you look to the stars in the sprawling night sky, you might ask yourself: “Are we alone?” Sci-Fi shows, movies, and books have challenged our imagination of what’s beyond the boundaries of our solar system. However, mention that you believe in aliens, and you might get a couple weird looks. However, there may be more to this idea than just government conspiracies and bogus UFO sightings. 

While it is understandable to be skeptical, some evidence is hard to dismiss completely.  We know to write off tabloids and some amateur blogs as just fun but highly exaggerated stories without any real data to back them up. However, there are journals, academic magazines, and even well-researched news articles that may offer a compelling glimpse into the cosmic unknown. In fact, UFO enthusiasts and the scientific community have been collecting evidence for years. Below are three reasons why believing in aliens may make plenty of sense.

1. Basic Statistics Suggest That It is Statistically Unlikely That We Are Alone

The Astrophysical Journal just released a report that calculated the likelihood of extraterrestrial life as advanced as us existing. The authors of the report in question used the Astrobiological Copernican Limit to back their reasoning, which assumes that if a planet with similar positioning, composition, and life capabilities as Earth exists, then it is only likely that civilization thrives there as well. Their search has revealed about 36 solar systems with planets that match these criteria.

2. There is a Documented UFO Sighting Published by the US Navy

Continuing on, Forbes magazine printed an article about the Navy releasing UFO evidence. This paper has a prestigious reputation that cares deeply about the validity of the research it publishes. The footage is from 2004 and 2015, when infrared cameras from US Navy aircraft and recordings of Naval pilots experiencing “unidentified aerial phenomena”. The recordings have infrared imaging and audio clips of pilots describing extraordinary speed, agility, and aerodynamic abilities of the craft. Why would the Navy make this up? 

3. We May Have Uncovered Artifacts From Other Solar Systems in Our Own

Finally, the Oumuamua asteroid of 2017 was labeled debris from an alien structure by renowned scientist Avi Loeb. Loeb, who teaches at Harvard and is dubbed one of the 25 most influential people in space by Time magazine, put forth the idea that the asteroid is the first object of interstellar origin observed in our Solar System. His report to the Astrophysical Journal has caused quite a stir in the scientific community.

In conclusion, the evidence is piling up and it’s getting harder to doubt the multitudes of alien encounters and sightings. It may be time to look beyond our skepticism and just believe.