Winston Churchill was a politician who strongly believed in the possibility that we are not alone in this universe. According to a recently discovered essay of his, he even made some bizarre predictions considering alien likelihood.
The prominent ex-British prime minister thought otherworldly life species accompany humanity in the universe. He further made some eerie forecasts, that sooner or later, really happened.
This 11-page chapter called “Are We Alone in the Universe?” is assumed to be an article for a newspaper release. Its topic spins around the potential ways we could reach contact with aliens.
Winston Churchill described the exoplanets, more than five decades ago than they were actually discovered. This is what scientists later called a “habitable” area or the tight orbital area where a planet is not too hot nor too cold, but ideal to withstand life.
In addition, he also thought that a vast number of stars could create families of planets. He assumed that many of them “will be the right size to keep on their surface water and possibly an atmosphere of some sort” and others would be “at the proper distance from their parent sun to maintain a suitable temperature”.
Guess what? Scientists still have the very same essentials scientists care for while looking for otherworldly life. Planets that carry this kind of conditions are the best potential alien life holders.
Winston Churchill wrote his essay not so long after Orson Welles aired his dramatization of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds’ in 1938.
Namely, this broadcast caused a lot of panic within the US about a possible attack of Martians. Many people around the world openly expressed their excitement over alien hunt.
Supporting this theory, he wrote that Mars and Venus are the only planets which can secure alien life. Although scientists still haven’t found the ultimate proof of life on the Red Planet, many of them believe there was an ancient Martian civilization.
“I for one, am not so immensely impressed by the success we are making of our civilization here that I am prepared to think we are the only spot in this immense universe which contains living, thinking creatures, or that we are the highest type of mental and physical development which has ever appeared in the vast compass of space and time,” he wrote, having in regard the gruesome events happening in Europe at the time.
Up until recently, the essay was kept hidden inside the US National Winston Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri. However, the new director Timothy Riley passed it over to the Israeli astrophysicist Mario Livio.
Winston Churchill was just another outstanding politician who also happened to care about science. Professor Livio described his essay as a ‘great surprise‘.
These aren’t the only predictions of Churchill. For example, in 1931, he wrote an article “Fifty Years Hence” which correctly predicted the creation of hydrogen-powered nuclear fusion power.