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Albert Einstein’s Surprising Opinion When He Went On The Record About UFOs

The famous scientist surprised many when he replied to a minister’s letter about the possibility of life in outer space

Andrew Martin
4 min readOct 28, 2023

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If someone is asked to think of a famous genius or scientist from history, odds are that Albert Einstein will get mentioned more than anyone else. One of the greatest minds the world has ever known, he contributed much to the advancement of humanity. When he said something, it was usually worthwhile listening to — including his thoughts on UFOs after he was queried on the subject in 1952 following a flurry of reported sightings in the United States.

Einstein was born in Germany in 1879. He excelled at math and science from an early age, and ended up renouncing his German citizenship as a young man to avoid compulsory military service. He ultimately became the foremost scientific mind in the world and settled in the United States. During a celebrated career, he made many important contributions to quantum mechanics. He also developed his theory of relativity, along with many other concepts, including discovering the law of photoelectric effect. His impressive body of work helped him earn a trove of awards and other prestigious recognitions, including the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, and the Copley Medal (given for outstanding achievement in scientific research) in 1925.

On July 19, 1952, a perplexing event unfolded in the evening skies over Washington, D.C., which sparked a frenzy of speculation and headlines around the world. Unknown objects appeared on radars, and flew over the White House and Capitol. These mysterious objects moved erratically, zigzagging across the sky, defying the physics of any known aircraft at the time. Nobody had any idea what they were; just that they were completely bizarre and unexplainable. One air traffic controller later described what they witnessed:

“It was very erratic. It went left and right. We knew it wasn’t an airplane, because a plane flies in one direction. But it was a strong signal, just like an airplane.”

Pilots in the air reported similar encounters. One described witnessing six fast-moving lights over the course of 14 minutes with “no tail, no recognizable…

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Andrew Martin

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