Friday, February 07, 2014

UFOs, Extraterrestrial and Other Life Forms; A Scientist’s Viewpoint

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Astronomer Ian Shelton

Open-minded astronomers offer lectures on UFOs

By Kim Zarzour

      Breaking news: UFOs exist.

Yes, it’s true. According to David Dunlap Observatory’s astronomers, they are out there — if by UFOs, you mean Unidentified Flying Objects.

If, on the other hand, you mean space crafts from another planet manned by aliens, well, the jury’s still out on that one.

But if you’re curious to know what is possible and what is explainable in the universe, you might want to check out the lecture series being presented by the David Dunlap Observatory Defenders (DDOD).

Tomorrow, Friday, will be the third of four lectures about life elsewhere in the universe.

For Ian Shelton and his wife Tuba Koktay, both PhD astronomers, it’s a way to bring the science of extra-terrestrials “down to earth”, a continuation of the Evenings at the Observatory series they provided while they were working at the observatory, home of the largest optical telescope in Canada.

Today, Ms Koktay is a researcher and Mr. Shelton teaches astronomy at the University of Toronto and is an honorary lifetime member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In this series, they present a scientist’s viewpoint on what is known about UFOs, extraterrestrial and other life forms. . . .

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