With Alienstock just weeks away, the world’s appetite to ‘see them aliens’ at Area 51 is insatiable.
The festival, spawned from the insane worldwide response to the ‘Storm Area 51 event’ on Facebook, has forced two Nevada counties into a state of emergency as they prepare for the surge of attendees.
For those feeling deprived of their UFO theory fix, you have two options: try and run into Area 51 and face your timely death, or get lost in the rabbit hole of YouTube conspiracy theorists.
One such YouTuber who can provide the goods is ET Data Base, who claims to have found an unidentified flying object at the base using the world’s greatest surveillance service – Google Earth.
Check out his video below:
The YouTuber, real name Scott Waring, outlines throughout that UFO and alien enthusiasts are under attack by Google’s algorithms, dubbing their work as ‘fake news’ – but that is not why anyone has clicked the video.
He opens the video by explaining how he’s going to show the viewers how to find a 30-metre UFO at Area 51.
Waring starts with locating Groom Lake, which takes you straight to Area 51. He then moves the map across the landscape to a smaller base (still under the Area 51 umbrella) inside a massive circle.
The YouTuber suggests that the area had been constructed for a disc they already had, perhaps flown over from Area S4 or S6 – what’s that, I hear you ask?
In 1989, former government scientist Bob Lazar started the ufology fire. He said that during his post at Area 51, he was put to work at a facility called S4 about 15 miles south – allegedly, he claims flying discs powered by anti-matter reactors with seats too small for humans were being tested there.
Waring uses Google Earth’s timestamp function to cycle through the years of the base’s development – focusing on a specific hanger. Eventually, you can see some sort of circular object, with tubes seemingly attached to it – this is the UFO.
I was at a strategic air command base, the highest security base for the air force, and they don’t have hangers like that. None of the hangers have a round door.
So what is this and why are there four different air conditioning units hooked up to this? I have never seen that many air conditioning units hooked-up to a hanger before.
Perhaps ‘them aliens’ aren’t equipped to deal with Nevada’s dry heat? Well, Waring proceeds to measure the UFO using photo software – which tells him it’s 33 metres wide.
Some people say this is Area S6, others it is Area S4.
But it really doesn’t matter what we call the area – what matters is we have found a UFO there.
Regardless of your thoughts, it definitely has some viewers convinced. One YouTube user wrote: ‘I’m going to spread the word on your channel on other channels.’ Another person wrote: ‘I share and tell others to share too to the nonbelievers or the ones on the fence. Thank you for all you do!’
Due to the extremely confidential nature of all operations at Area 51, pure curiosity has led it to becoming the hub of alien theories.
It wasn’t until 2013 that the US government officially recognised the base: following a freedom of information request, the CIA released declassified documents in 2013 referring to the 8,000-sq m (20,700-sq km) installation by name and locating it on a map near Groom Lake.
While the recent Storm Area 51 phenomenon is drawing a huge amount of attention to the area, it’s always been a tourist hub, with travellers flocking across the Extraterrestrial Highway to eventually take selfies in front of ‘No Trespassing’ sign at the base.
The conspiracy theories can be tracked back to 1947: after a weather balloon crashed at Roswell, New Mexico, people across the world speculated that it was an alien ship. To this day, some ufologists believe there are remnants of the ship being stored and studied on at Area 51.
While it may seem outlandish, it’s naive to think we are the only form of life in the abyss of space.
As Fox Mulder said: ‘When convention and science offer us no answers, might we not finally turn to the fantastic as a plausibility?’
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After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BCTJ-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He’s now left his Scottish homelands and took up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.