by Robert M. Collins and William Moore
This report was originally published
"Focus" magazine edited by Bill
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REPORTER: "And what planet do the EBENS "aliens" come from?"
INTELLIGENCE SOURCE CODENAMED "FALCON" (RD): "(From) the Zeta Reticuli star group ... (there are) two suns together."
Q: "And is this the primary source of the alien visitors here?"
A: "Ahh, to the best of my knowledge, yes."
Q: "How long does the trip from Zeta Reticuli take....?"
A: "They can... do it in about 91 days."
Q: "How big is their home planet?"
A: "(The) EBENíS planet is similar to Earth, but the air is a bit
thinner and contains a higher proportion of Argon and Helium. Also,
the average temperature is a bit cooler especially in the northern
part of their planet. They like our high mountain regions where the
air is thinner and the temperature is cooler. They canít stand a lot
Q: "Now, can we get into describing the physical conditions and
A: "(They are) creature(s) about 3í4" to 3í8" tall. Their eyes are
extremely large, almost insect style (with) a couple of different
inner lids.... Their skin structure is extremely ahhh... itís a very
elastic skin, and hard. Probably hardened from their sun."
Project Serpo - The Zeta Reticuli Exchange Program]
The above was excerpted from interviews conducted with U.S.
intelligence agent codenamed "Falcon" in March, 1984 and February,
Evidence gleaned from both the
Betty and Barney Hill abduction case
and from intelligence sources (including "Falcon", above) has
suggested that the home of at least one group of supposed alien
"visitors" to Earth may well be the Zeta Reticuli system. They are a
pair of companion stars (two stars traveling together in the same
direction at the same speed as a wide-binary system) located some
39.4 to 39.5 light-years distant.
The prime source of information about these stars is L. DaSilva and
R. Foyís paper "Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 Reticuli: A Puzzling Solar-Type
Twin System", which can be found in Astronomy and
Astrophysics (177, 204-216 <1987>).
The two stars, Zeta 1 and
Zeta 2, are located in the southern
constellation of Reticulum (the net) and are thus never visible to
most of the northern hemisphere. Both are classed as old disk
population II stars whose age is between six to eight billion years.
There is every indication that both had a common origin and are part
of a relatively near-by old moving group (or loose cluster) of stars
which was first defined in 1958 and is known as the Zeta Hercules
group. Zeta 1 Reticuli is separated from Zeta 2 Reticuli by at least
367 billion miles or about 100 times the Sun-Pluto distance. They
may be even farther apart but, as just mentioned above, the
available observations suggest they are moving through space
together and are therefore physically associated. They probably
require at least a 100,000 years to orbit around their common center
Our own Sun has an estimated age of only five billion years and is
classed spectroscopically as a G-0 star (yellow-orange dwarf). Zeta
1 and Zeta 2 are classed as G-2 and G-1 respectively, with
luminosities ("L") of 0.8 and 1.02 (the Sun being L=l.O). This means
that both Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 are very Sun-like and could well possess
solar systems much like our own.
In their highly technical paper,
DaSilva and Foy offer two very
important conclusions about these stars which radically contradict
earlier findings. These are that neither star is metal-deficient and
that neither is a close binary (or double). Earlier evidence
(published by Bonneau et al., 1980) identifying Zeta 2 as a very
close binary turns out to have been mistaken (Bonneau and Foy,
The puzzling aspects of these "close" stars (One tenth of a light
year apart) center around discoveries of higher than expected
gravity and ultraviolet output when compared to their apparently
normal metal content (i.e. not metal-poor). The ultraviolet excess
and kinematic (proper motion and orbit) data suggest that these two
stars belong to the old population II stars as mentioned earlier;
yet the apparent high gravity figure seems more typical of an unevolved, metal-poor condition. Since
DaSilva and Foyís work
resulted in strong confirmation of a Sun-like (or "normal") metal
content for these stars, they began to look elsewhere for an
explanation of the gravity paradox.
The answer came with the
discovery of an apparent overabundance of helium (twice as much as
our own Sun) in the stellar photospheres. This, when worked into the
calculations, not only explained the high gravity, but also
accounted for the observed problem of the starsí high ultraviolet
output but relatively low overall luminosity. Another effect of the
helium abundance would be to slow the process of stellar evolution
across the main sequence.
Additionally, it should be noted that
Zeta 1 was one of the first
stars ever to be used as a solar analog by astronomers. What might
these findings signify as far as Zeta 1 and/or Zeta 2
planets with advanced intelligent life? Letís make a list of the
strong points which support this idea:
(1) Both Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 are solar, or Sun-like stars. (If one
imagines a spherical section of our galaxy with a radius of 50 light
years and centered upon our Sun, only one star out of every eleven
contained therein will have Sun-like characteristics.)
(2) The previous objection that one and perhaps both stars appeared
to be close binaries has now been swept away. Stable planetary
orbits in the so-called eco-zone (i.e. close enough to the central
fire to produce conditions conducive to life) are more probable
around single stars than in close binary systems.
Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 have an average age of between six and
eight billion years. This makes them from one to three billion years
older than our Sun and suggests that any life on planets associated
with them could be much further along in its evolutionary process
than we are.
(4) In many reported UFO abduction cases, the "visitors" have been
described as having a thick epidermis and multiple eyelids. This is
precisely the sort of adaptation one would expect for creatures who
evolved on a planet whose sun had a high ultraviolet output.
Curiously enough, these characteristics were also reported by the
intelligence source codenamed "Falcon" as early as 1981.
On the negative side, it must be admitted that there is no direct
observational evidence of planets around either Zeta 1 or Zeta 2.
However, a Canadian group reported that a Jupiter-sized planet
appears to exist in orbit around
Tau Ceti, a Sun-like star only
about 11 light years away. Those readers familiar with the star map
developed by Marjorie Fish based upon information from the
and Betty Hill UFO abduction case, will recall that Tau Ceti was
identified as one of the stars on that map.
The Betty Hill Star Map as Interpreted by
Ms. Marjorie Fish
Since the original 1991 publication of this report tremendous
strides have been made in the discovery of possible new solar
systems and the detection of planets around other stars: With each
passing day there is more and more data that appears to strengthen
the idea that solar systems are quite common and very abundant.
For current efforts to find planets around Zeta1 and Zeta2 see
The Anglo-Australian Planet Search. Both
Zeta2 (HD20807) are on their planet search list. Thanks to
Friedman for this information and
Dr Chris Tinney who is head of
Astronomy at the Anglo-Australian Observatory.
In the below report Livio maintains that carbon production didnít
peak until about 2 billion years before the sun-earth were formed
and that advanced type intelligent life didnít emerge on Earth until
~ 4 million years ago: Of course assuming estimate errors (perhaps
large) this more than leaves room for the Zeta Reticuli Star System
with a current estimated age of ~ 7 billion years: Or, the Zeta Reticuli Star System was in the formation process when this carbon
production peaked according to Livio. See,
Civilizations: Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Starmap of the southern sky showing Zeta Reticuli system in relation
to the south celestial pole
Drawing of Marjorie Fishís interpretaton of the Betty Hill "Star
The Zeta Reticuli Incident by Terrence Dickinson