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I Want to Believe
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The truth is out there.

Just quite where to find it, we haven't figured out yet, but we keep looking. We have telescopes searching the skies, probes exploring space, and land rovers traversing planets, all in an effort to find extra-terrestrial life.

There was a time when the thought of aliens on other planets was mere science fiction, and there are those who still laugh off the idea, but to me it is more laughable to say that there is no life on other planets. Space is infinite; there are billions of planets out there. How can we be the only ones in the universe? To think we are the only form of intelligent life seems rather self-centred to me. Perhaps I should not be surprised; man did used to think Earth was the centre of the universe after all.

So, if aliens do exist, what are they be like? Peaceful like the Vulcans or hostile like the Klingons? And then there is the big question - have aliens already visited Earth? There have been UFO across the world for decades, but most people just dismiss them as hoaxes, military aircraft, or weather balloons.

Between the 1st - 8th March, The Royal Observatory in Greenwich will be exploring these questions in the one week exhibition, Alien Revolution. Taking an intimate look at the history of our relationship with extra-terrestrial life through science and culture, the exhibition will look at the writings of the 16th century astronomer, Copernicus, investigate case studies such as the abduction claims of Betty & Barney Hill in 1961, and consider how these stories have influenced our popular culture with films such as ET: The Extraterrestrial.

As part of the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Alien Season there will also be scheduled days for classic sci-fi film screenings, family workshops, talks, and themed planetarium shows.

The next event is titled From Atoms to Aliens (Explore Your Universe). The thirty minute workshops run between the 30th March -14th April, and are designed for families (one adult plus 3 children or two adults plus two children). Tickets are 5 and includes science demonstrations and activities to show how we evolved.

There will also be an adult astronomy course, Aliens in Science Fiction: 'Intellects, vast, cool and unsympathetic?'; the six week course costs 72 and runs between the 16th April - 21st May. The two-hour sessions start at 7pm, and during that time you will learn about the development of fictional aliens through literature, art, film, and television; it is an ideal course for science fiction writers and enthusiasts.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 1st March - 8th Aug
Phone: 44 (0)20 8858 4422
Where: Royal Observatory
Cost: Free exhibit, 5 workshop, 72 course
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