Computer simulations by a pair of researchers at the University of Edinburgh predict that a fleet of interstellar probes could explore the entire Milky Way galaxy within a fraction of the present age of Earth. This may seem like a tall order considering that our farthest interstellar spacecraft, Voyager 1, is still less than a light-day from Earth after being launched 36 years ago.
In the new simulation, however, alien probes only need to travel at 10 percent the speed of light to survey the entire galaxy within 10 million years. And, they could get a turbo-boost and save fuel by doing a slingshot off the gravitational fields of stars.
The concept of self-aware and self-replicating probes traveling across the galaxy is nothing new, however; the idea goes as far back as 1960. It was promoted by SETI pioneer Ronald Bracewell as an alternative to listening for interstellar artificial radio signals. The idea of a machine capable of cloning itself goes back at least 100 years; mathematician John von Neumann detailed the operation of such a robot in 1949.
In a recent paper, Arwen Nicholson and Duncan Forgan take the idea a step further by exploring three different scenarios of probe behavior: using standard powered flight, using gravitational slingshot techniques around stars, and hop scotching star-by-star to get the maximum speed boost under slingshot trajectories.
Voyager 1 and 2 zipped across the solar system with a boost form bouncing like a pinball off the gravitational fields of the massive outer planets.
“From the scaling of the probes’ performance with star number, we conclude that a fleet of self-replicating probes can indeed explore the galaxy in a sufficiently short time to warrant the existence of the Fermi Paradox,” the team reports.
The Fermi Paradox — where nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi asked the rhetorical question “where are they?” (extraterrestrials) — ponders why we have no evidence of alien visitations. For the UFO buffs, let me flatly say this does not mean pointy-eared aliens should be here and now, but instead suggests occasional visits over geologic time by virtually immortal robots.
The team’s simulations mean that our solar system should have been visited — perhaps more than once — well-before the dawn of man. Their alien builders might have been motivated to have the machines go stealthy and cover their tracks once a planetary system survey is completed.
In Arthur C. Clarke’s 1972 novel, Rendezvous With Rama, star-hopping aliens are pretty blatant. A giant cylindrical space ark enters the solar system. An astronaut survey team explores its dark, ghostly, interior hibernating city. Humans finally realize that the mothership is not stopping for a visit, but simply using the sun’s gravity to get a boot to destinations unknown.
Rama aside, don’t look for ‘spent’ or destroyed probes because visiting robots might definitely go green by not leaving behind any trash from their sorties. They would also have ability to self-repair during long interstellar voyages, and self-replicate with the ultimate 3D printer.
In a sprint across the galaxy a civilization may send out a few probes that would be programmed to choose the next star they travel to according to some decision-making algorithm. Once they reach the new star system, they scan for signs of life, and create a copy of themselves. The parent and child probe each pick a new star to travel to, and the process repeats itself in a geometric progression.
This scenario is compounded by the fact there could very likely be more than one fleet of probes from different extraterrestrial civilizations plying the galaxy. What if they run into each other? A purely sci-fi inspired scenario is where mutated probes abandon their original mission and start to prey on normal probes!
Such an interstellar fox and rabbit chase would greatly increase the exploration time and reduce the number of visits to our solar system, say the researchers. In the new simulation the exploration probes are continuously traveling at maximum speed and constantly dispersing radially across the galaxy. Predators would have a hard time catching their prey.
Equally problematic is the dilemma of how a fleet of probes stays in contact with one another so that they don’t duplicate efforts. Light travel delay times would squelch communication, unless superluminal contact has been achieved by something as exotic as quantum entanglement. Then all probes would know exactly where every other probe has been and is heading. Each probe could leave behind an omnidirectional beacon that emits a signal showing the star has been visited. Or probes could deposit a “captain’s log” for other probes to readout.
Ultimately the data collected by the entire fleet could be placed into a giant galactic archive. It would be a resource for all interstellar civilizations that are smart enough to find it, enter the correct password, and download survey data on many billions of star systems.
What’s sobering is that such probes would be like a swarm of bees buzzing through a field of flowers. They diligently carry out their exploration duties and are oblivious to contacting any native biological intelligence they might encounter.
That is, unless the builders programmed the robots to set up a threshold test of the intelligence and maturity of a native species. If the species passes the test they are allowed to communicate with the interstellar probe.
What sort of maturity test would you perform on Homo sapiens?
UFO caught on camera in Kamloops, British Columbia
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Harprit Singh swears he is not one to make bogus UFO sightings.
That’s why what he saw in the sky above Kamloops baffles him.
Singh sent CFJC Today video he recorded at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the New Afton mine just west of Kamloops, where he works.
The video seems to show a strange movement behind the clouds.
WATCH: The strange movement can be seen in the upper half of the frame, near the middle. (Video Credit: Contributed / Harprit Singh) LANGUAGE WARNING
Singh says the disc-shaped object moved upward very quickly, which is when he took out his phone to record what he was seeing.
“I thought it would be some smoke that would disappear soon,” said Singh, “but when I watched continuously, it was something behind the clouds. It didn’t disappear and I got shocked when it moved up in a very quick movement.”
“At that moment, I realized it was something different; something strange. When it gave some different movements, I started recording this video. It was some sort of disc that moved into a vertical and horizontal position afterward,” he said.
Singh is hesitant to call the object a UFO because of the skepticism associated with UFO sightings, but he doesn’t know how else to explain what he saw.
“I don’t want to say that it’s a sort of UFO. But I have seen some videos similar to this kind of thing, that’s why I said it’s some sort of UFO,” said Singh. “I know it’s awkward to say this, but seriously, after seeing this… it was really strange.”
“I have never seen these things in the sky. Never. This was really something different.”
The Extraterrestrial Find Of The Aztecs In Ojuelos De Jalisco (Mexico)
Our ancestors may have had a constant relationship with extraterrestrial beings. We informed you about the material that made one of Tutankhamun’s daggers.
However, this is not the only unique discovery, since a surprising series of archaeological objects is the clear proof of the existence of a remote pre-Mayan culture (possibly the ancient gods with elongated skulls or cone-shaped heads), hidden by those who rule the world and forgotten by humanity.
Several families from the city of Ojuelos in the province of Jalisco, Mexico, have been collecting for approximately 50-60 years a total of approximately 400 extraordinary archaeological objects, with the dream of one day opening their own museum and becoming known by the public. said objects.
The Collection Consists Of Tablets:
Knives, plates, figurines, rings and jade pendants, made of stone or metal, which clearly describe how these ancient extraterrestrial extraterrestrial gods (of elongated skulls and large slanted eyes, with a high degree of intelligence).
A high state of consciousness and a deep spirituality and connection with the universe, traveled in their spaceships.
Through the high technological development of their UFOs, they knew very well not only our solar system, in which they traveled between the Earth and their planets of origin, but could also come from beyond our solar system or from our galaxy.
They have also discovered a series of skulls discovered in several Latin American countries, especially Paracas – Peru, called “Paracas Elongatus”.
Also in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico, have been in recent years, a series of skulls and skulls in the shape of a cone, which have left scientists without words.
In the last dates also one was found in Australia, that received the name of “Australian Elongatus”.
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Montana Air Base Suffers Power Outage as Giant Circular UFO Hovers Overhead
You would think events like this would have been all over the news at the time when it had occurred.
According to a report published by The Mutual UFO Network a Montana witness near Great Falls reported that a contact on the Malmstrom Air Force Base described a 10-minute power outage after a circular-shaped object “over a half-acre in size” hovered over the base” on January 24, 2018.
“My base contact described the object only as black,” the reporting witness stated. “If contacted, Malmstrom AFB will confirm the power outage but nothing more. Investigators are on their way. Last sighting was in May 2017. This source is reliable and confirmed as am I.”
The witness describes himself as a retired police detective “not given to exaggerations.”
The filed report indicates the object was black in color with no structural features. The object size was larger than 300 feet. No exterior lights. No emissions. The object was hovering at less than 500 feet in altitude. The object was over one mile away from the witness. No landing was observed.
Investigators contacted the media relations department at Malmstrom and did not receive a reply. The power outage may have been limited to the launch site area and not the entire base. ‘
MUFON CAG Investigator Marie Cisneros and Montana State Director John Gagnon closed this case as Information Only.
“Ruled out for astronomical or weather anomalies,” Cisneros and Gagnon stated in their report. “Ruled out for bolides or fireball activity. Ruled out for obvious hoax.
“Our conclusion: Unidentified object. Size, shape, flight pattern and path does not fit with known conventional aircraft. Because this was reported by someone other than the witness, this case has to be filed as an Information Only unless further information is forthcoming by the witness.”
Malmstrom Air Force Base is in Cascade County, Montana, adjacent to Great Falls. It is the home of the 341st Missile Wing (341 MW) of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). As a census-designated place, it has a population of 3,472.
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