Alien Abduction

Alien Abduction

Article Updated: 24 Dec , 2015



Whether though popular culture, or some kind of mass delusion, many people believe they have been abducted by aliens. Universe Today is a science-based website, and our position is that there is no reliable evidence to show that any kind of alien visitation or abduction has ever happened. There’s no physical evidence or proof, and until that turns up, we have to assume there’s a simpler, more logical reason to explain why people believe they have been abducted by aliens.

Alien abduction stories are similar. People remember being taken against their will by alien entities, and moved to some kind of spacecraft. In many cases they’re held prisoner, while their abductors perform medical experiments. And then they’re released, returned to their home with only their memories of the event, and no hard evidence to back up their story.

The aliens doing the abductions are similar to popular culture aliens seen in science fiction. They can appear as grey aliens with large heads (the greys), or Nordic-looking humans, reptilians, or beings of pure energy.

If the cause isn’t actual alien abduction, what’s going on here? Scientists and health professionals have many explanations: hallucinations, sleep disorders, mental disease, and sometimes they’re just making stuff up. Stories of abduction have been around for hundreds of years, but the nature of the stories have changed depending on popular culture. Long ago, it was demons, not aliens, where were abducting humans and performing experiments on them.

There are several programs looking for evidence of actual aliens. The SETI program (or Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is scanning the skies, looking for evidence of alien radio signals. And powerful telescopes are now under development that may be able to detect the evidence of an alien civilization through how it pollutes its atmosphere.

In case you’re worried about getting abducted by aliens, you can actually purchase alien abduction insurance from several companies around the world. Of course, it’s up to the policy holder to actually prove they were abducted.

We have written many articles about alien abduction for Universe Today. Here’s an article about the truth about NASA’s UFO videos, and here’s an article about the UFO sightings.

If you’d like more info on Aliens, check out an article about the Alien Earth Exhibit, and here’s a link to NASA’s Ask an Astrobiologist FAQs.

We’ve also recorded an entire episode of Astronomy Cast all about the Aliens. Listen here, Episode 39:Astrology and UFOs.

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Jim Krug
Jim Krug
September 28, 2010 9:11 AM
A few points of contention on this article. 1. [b]Re: “There is no evidence.”[/b] Not so. Even prior to man being able to travel into space, we already knew Earth’s place in the solar system, and the order of the planets. How so? First-hand observation, i.e. the 2nd step of the scientific method. So although we do not yet have the technology to travel to other stars to see if they are inhabited for sure, that doesn’t mean we should overlook the strikingly similar OBSERVATIONS made by people for hundreds of years. If you truly want to follow the scientific method, you can’t pick and choose which observations you want to consider, and which to ignore. Let the… Read more »