MANKIND has long had an obsession with looking out for aliens… but what if they find us first?

Nick Pope, who used to run the Ministry of Defence’s UFO project, believes hyper-intelligent ETs may have already clocked our backwards little planet – and they could be watching our every move.

Former MoD man Nick Pope believes that aliens may already be observing our species

The UFO buff spoke to the Sun Online after alien hunters got all worked up about Oumuamua, a cigar-shaped asteroid that some scientists thought could be an alien spaceship.

Because of its unusual shape, researchers even scanned the 400-metre asteroid for alien tech.

And although the scans didn’t flag any signs of life, Nick thinks we can’t rule out the idea that our planet is being watched by more advanced beings.

He said: “While nothing has been found yet, there’s another intriguing possibility: If this ship is an alien probe, it’s possible that our scans will awake the intelligence inside.”

A long, thin asteroid, shown here as an artist’s impression, has caused excitement among alien hunters

Some argue that this intelligence could take the form of either biological life or hyper-advanced AI, sent from deep space to keep an eye on our primitive world.

Nick added: “Simply put, any alien ship searching for life may go into a dormant mode until it gets close to an inhabited planet.

“But what’s fascinating about this theory is just how many astronomers and other scientists are taking the idea seriously.

“It’s a sign of how accepting we are these days about the likelihood of finding alien life”

Even the Pentagon has been looking into the possibilities of finding alien life

Nick says the recent news about the Pentagon’s UFO search is huge, proving governments are taking the idea of extraterrestrial life more seriously than they often let on.

He said: “It’s an extraordinary revelation, not least because it directly contradicts the many specific denials that the US government has issued previously when asked about this subject and their involvement in it.”

“The take-home message here is that there’s probably something out there, but we don’t know what it is.”

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Scientists have now scanned the suspicious asteroid, finding no signs of alien tech onboard

At the same time, Oumuamua has been causing so much hype among UFO hunters because of its odd shape, which is far smaller than most asteroids.

Nick argues that asteroids such as Oumuamua could serve as alien probes or ships in disguise, taking a very different look to the traditional disc-shaped craft we’ve seen in sci-fi films such as District 9.

He said: “Because there’s no air in space, an alien spaceship wouldn’t need to be designed in the same way that our aircraft have to be.

“Rather than building an interstellar spacecraft from scratch, it makes perfect sense to take an asteroid and then build your ship around it, or hollow it out and build inside it, for the protection you’d derive from being surrounded by so much rock.”

Films like District 9 depict a disc-shaped craft, but a ship’s shape wouldn’t actually matter in the vacuum of space

What could alien tech look like?

Nick Pope argues that alien tech may be so advanced that we mistake it for magic.

He predicts that the possibilities include:

  • Faster-than-light travel
  • Ways of controlling the weather
  • Invisibility
  • Teleportation
  • Anti-gravity technology
  • Medical tech to make them live forever
  • Artificial intelligence
  • The ability to download human consciousness into a machine or into the internet
  • Planet-destroying weapons

This means that probes could be disguised among the comets we regularly see shooting through the solar system, making it possible that our species could have been watched from the very beginning.

And – given the age of the galaxy – earlier alien civilisations could have had a multi-billion-year head start to evolve technology so advanced we’d think it was magic.

Nick said: “This is one reason why humanity probably wouldn’t survive an alien invasion.

“Any aliens that find us (as opposed to us finding them) probably have technology way in advance of anything we have.”

Aliens that find us first will probably have devastating technological powers, like in The War of the Worlds

We’ve been bringing you all the news about the search for ET.

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Asteroid Oumuamua is to be scanned for signs of alien life

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