Neil deGrasse Tyson Says ‘No’ to Alien Theory in Recent UFO News

Nei deGrass Tyson and UFOs

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While government authorities examine unexplained flying objects that were shot down over the United States and Canada, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the prospect of life existing on other planets in an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber. DeGrasse said he is less convinced than ever before that there are aliens on earth.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Says No to Alien Idea

In a short interview with Ari Melber, Neil deGrass Tyson explained that recent UFO news explain alien life on earth is absurd. “I would say, if it remains unidentified, there’s a chance it might be. However, just think it through: if aliens crossed the galaxy in whatever is their spaceship and arrived at earth just to throw balloons, I’m thinking “Really? Really?” And even if the aliens did do that, are those the aliens you want to meet?” He continued by explaining how ridiculous everything seemed to him.  “They cannot be interesting aliens if the best they got are some floaties, cylindrical and octagonal floaties, that any F-22 fighter jet can just of knock out of the sky.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson and MSNBC’s Ari Melber

He chuckled through the short interview as Melber asked him the questions the public wanted to hear. Tyson went on saying that if aliens did cross the galaxy to visit earth, they would be on a ‘whole other level than sticks and floaties in our atmosphere.’ He also commented that he would need better evidence than “we don’t know what it is , therefore it’s alien.”

All Eyes on the Sky

The astrophysicist explained that with our current technology, and how everyone nowadays have a camera on their phone that can take extraordinary pictures, we would have known long ago if there was indeed alien life on earth. “The capacity to detect alien life with the crowdsourcing of eyes on earth tells me that it less convincing than ever before. Just because you see something in the sky and don’t know what it is does not mean that you know what it is.”

You can watch the interview below.

He also pointed out on Twitter that that UFOs are just that: Unidentified Flying Objects. To him, it does not mean that they are of alien life. Until we can identify them, they are simply that; unidentified. 

That is not to say that he doesn’t believe in aliens. In a recent interview with CNN, he said that it would be almost impossible that life would not exist outside of this solar system. “… if there weren’t life [out there somewhere] it would be astonishing. Given how common our ingredients are, and how quickly life took place here and how many planets we know are orbiting those stars.”

When he was asked about aliens that could land here on planet Earth in a space ship, he responded “They could be out there. There’s not evidence that would convince an authentic skeptic that we’ve been visited, and I can tell you this: these fuzzy monochromatic tic tacs that show up around the Navy restricted airspace, in our own atmosphere, by the way you’ve seen the high resolution images form a telescope we parked a million miles from Earth of James Webb Space Telescope looking at the edge of the universe… and the best you have of visiting aliens in our own atmosphere is a fuzzy tic tac? You gotta do better than that if you’re going to convince an astrophysicist.”

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