Fascinating! The hunt for aliens goes back further than you think
The fact that we are celebrating the aliens of the Horror Shocker film series on this day has its roots in ancient research.
Aliens, the mystical beings from outer space, fascinate people and researchers alike. No wonder, after all, everyone wants to know whether our extraterrestrial neighbors even exist and, if so, what they look like. On Alien Day, they are celebrated like every year on April 26th – or more precisely the “Alien” film franchise, which has given the world the most threatening idea of extraterrestrials ever. Scientific alien research, however, goes back much further than the cinematic series.
Alien Day! What is celebrated?
Even if you haven’t seen the “Alien” movies yet, you’ll know the vicious alien that frightens Sigourney Weaver and Co. The idea of that monster has shaped our understanding of aliens (at least until the cute E.T. appeared on the scene). That’s why the product company 20th Century Fox declared Alien Day in 2016, which has been celebrated by space fans every year ever since.
The date of April 26th refers to the moon on which “Aliens – The Return” from 1986 plays: the LV-426, i.e. 4/6, i.e. April 26th. Every year there are a few extras from Fox for the fans. In 2019 these are the following:
- 2 new short films: “Alien: Harvest” and “Alien: Alone”, which you can watch on the IGN platform.
- 1 new audiobook on the topic on Audible.
- More merchandise on Shop.FoxMovies.com.
- and much more, but partly only in the Anglo-American area.
Researchers started so early with the search for beings.
With the “Alien” franchise, however, alien research has by no means just begun, Alien Day is an extremely young phenomenon. Much, much earlier researchers have been on the trail of aliens.
Alien search in ancient Greece
In ancient times, the Greeks asked themselves many questions, including whether there was only one cosmos. The so-called atomists wanted answers to these questions, including Metrodoros of Chios, who said the following wise sentence: “It would be strange if there were a single ear of corn on a large field and a single cosmos in the infinite”. According to him, it would be a huge waste of space if there were no more in space.
But Aristotle did not think so at all. Because of heaven and earth and their different gravity, only the moon would be a possible place for extraterrestrial life. For why should there be a moon if no one would live on it? Today we know that we need it because the earth without the moon would be a catastrophe. From Aristotle’s statements, however, the view developed that a world has a final purpose, namely to be inhabited. This idea is partly still relevant today.
Plutarch’s Moon Book is one of the few ancient texts that mention not only other worlds but also extraterrestrial inhabitants, more precisely a war between the Moon King and the inhabitants of the Sun.
Ancient Alien Search until Alien Day
It was to take several centuries before a more detailed philosophical study of extraterrestrials was undertaken. More of that soon.
Today we still know very little about possible extraterrestrial beings. However, new evidence from the International Space Station (ISS) suggests that aliens may be real. The so-called “Big Filter” could also answer the alien question. New technologies help us to find out more about life in space – and to get closer to the all-embracing question: Does it really exist? We wish you Happy Alien Day.