Viewed as some tin-foil hat non-science, until quite recently if you talked earnestly of UFOs in front of a scientific assemblage, you were likely to be met with rolling eyes and polite avoidance or a sly wink-and-nudge at your direction later, as you walked around clutching unpublished papers! Yet, after discovery of Tabby’s star, mainstream scientists are coming out of the woodwork and nailing their colors to extra-terrestrial masts by proposing that fast radio bursts (FRBs), verily observed but inexplicable till date, could be the force driving alien ships with light sails.
Interestingly, the science behind this isn’t exactly news. Last April, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerburg backed a similar plan to reach Proxima B, our nearest Earth like planet, in about two decades, nicknamed Breakthrough Starshot, financed by billionaire Yuri Milner. Yes, 21 years! Here’s how:
Mythology suggests magical creatures with wings of light who visit us unseen and who knows, we may too evolve into a technological hybrid of something similar ourselves and someday when our children hitch their light sails to some distant shore, hope the shining orbs guides ’em sailors, man or alien, rapidly through!