Star Letters 009: The Search for E.T and the Loch Ness Monster Continues…

(Image Credit: Universal Studios)

Alright, readers, who is ready for some answers about the unknown creatures in our universe!? Well, so are we.  But, these few highlights from this week will have to do for now.

First off, get your scuba gear ready, adventurers! Nessie enthusiasts, mark your calendars for January 2019. Scientists from the US, France, Britain, Australia, and Denmark are releasing their findings about all of their research from the past few years about the Loch Ness monster. So get your popcorn and notebook ready, because this presentation will change the age old myth! (Maybe, we aren’t really sure).

In film announcements, it seems that the Men in Black series is going to take another crack at the franchise. In fact, Liam Neeson, who announced his “action movie retirement” in September, is making a comeback along with it. In this spinoff, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will play the lead roles (though we wish it took place in Asgard) while Neeson is the head of the MIB British Branch.

Speaking of weird space stuff, astronomers have discovered that we have a new addition to our solar system, with a twist. An interstellar asteroid has found our neck of the universe so interesting, apparently, that it has not passed through as normal, but rather settled in and joined our family. ‘Oumuamua, as it’s called, is proof to astronomers that other star systems in fact do have an influence the evolution of our solar system. Kind of like the space version of peer pressure, maybe?

One more thing, fellow readers, we have to talk about aliens. We just can’t get enough! New York Magazine has released their own version of “13 Reasons Why”, except it’s not a Netflix series. These are 13 of the many, many reasons why we should believe in life outside of our own. More and more evidence keeps being proven towards the existence of aliens, we just want to know where they are already!

So, after all of that, let’s just dive right into the unknown of this week. Maybe you will be able to tell us what’s going on out there!

Wait, Scientists Are Still Searching For the
Loch Ness Monster?
“A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist.
Whenever a creature moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA from skin, scales, feathers, fur, feces and urine.”
Read: Reuters
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Liam Neeson Joins the hunt for aliens, enlists in the MIB
“Unfortunately, the sequel managed to completely miss all the magic of its predecessor, and Men in Black 3—while a step in the right direction—never quite managed to come together. Now, an upcoming Men in Black reboot starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson is going to try it again—and this time, it looks like they’re bringing in an actor with a particular set of skills to help them do it.”
Read: Vice
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Has An Interstellar Visitor Parked Itself in Jupiter’s Orbit?
“Last year astronomers spotted a curious body they called ‘Oumuamua, streaking through the solar system too fast to be caught in the sun’s gravitational clutches; its trajectory confirmed it was an interstellar voyager, tossed out from its unknown system long ago to drift alone through the galaxy. ‘Oumuamua was the first of its kind to be observed, and now it may have another newfound counterpart much closer to home.”

(Image Credit: NASA)

More Reasons to Believe That E.T. May Actually Be Out There

“In the good old days, the arrival of UFOs on the front page of America’s paper of record might have seemed like a loose-thread tear right through the fabric of reality — the closest that secular, space-race America could have gotten to a Second Coming. Two decades ago, or three, or six, we would’ve also felt we knew the script in advance, thanks to the endless variations pop culture had played for us already: civilizational conflicts to mirror the real-world ones Americans had been imagining in terror since the beginning of the Cold War.”

Read: New York Magazine

(Painting by Zohar Lazar, Courtesy of New York Magazine)


Until next week, friends!

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