Scientists searching for alien life may find it in a New Mexico town

The findings of federal scientist Dora de los Angeles are in: They might have spotted an alien in Roswell, New Mexico.

De los Angeles, a senior scientist at the U.S. space agency, recently announced that evidence of alien life might exist within a section of the solar system, about 36 astronomical units from the sun. What does that mean? A lot, according to astronomy. And we’ll be traveling close to it for the foreseeable future.

As de los Angeles wrote in a November 2016 editorial for the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, “Planets are only 3.38 times farther from the sun than Earth. This proximity allows existing planetary systems to have multiple rocky planets which, on average, have a density similar to Earth.

“A habitable planet around one of these planets is not ruled out,” the editorial continued. “However, a second habitable planet with a ratio greater than two is more likely.”

At the Roswell Memorial Day “comet” festival earlier this month, de los Angeles presented data from the IAU Schmidt Submillimeter Array and the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) that suggested the search might be fruitful.

However, space enthusiast and cryptographer Gordon Estes expressed skepticism.

“I heard de los Angeles at her presentation saying that they might see that ‘life is abundant’ in the region of the Dione Asteroid belt,” Estes said. “The ‘lucidity and a lot of light’ ones. I really did think she was making up the terms.

“Not only did she continue to flatter the audience, but she stated her results using terms she actually wasn’t sure about.”

In January, Estes and the College of William and Mary launched a campaign to find the alien in Roswell. One goal was to email and call “lucidity and a lot of light” beings living in the egg-shaped asteroid belt, perhaps in an effort to introduce themselves.

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