April 26th, 2010
11:15 PM ET

Aliens probably no friends of yours, Hawking says

Think you'd like to see aliens make contact with Earth?  Stephen Hawking might get you to think again.

Aliens, the way he sees it, might be traveling the cosmos right now - not for exploration's sake but because they've run out of resources at home.

And if they're flying around looking for resources, guess what their intentions would be if they see Earth?

The British physicist advances his thoughts on aliens in his new Discovery Channel series, "Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking," which began airing Sunday.

In a video clip on Discovery Channel's website, Hawking imagines that aliens might have the technology to harness energy from whatever star they're near. The process, he proposes, could open a wormhole that could let them travel large distances - perhaps to here.

The clip shows spacecraft leaving a wormhole and approaching Earth as ominous music plays.

"Like us, they would probably have evolved from a species used to exploiting whatever it can," a narrator says.

Hawking's warning contrasts with the excitement some are showing about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Just last week, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) said it was releasing its data to astronomers and researchers all over the world, hoping more people would join the search.

Hawking's series on the Discovery Channel continues this coming Sunday at 9 p.m.  ET.

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  1. Doug

    Finding Earth in the cosmos is like finding a needle in a haystack, however....if we are found, just ask any Native American Indian what happened to them when "advanced" aliens from Europe arrived....or ask an African American what happened when Europeans found Africa and needed people for labor. There is star chart plaque on the side of the Voyager deep space probe...we may be doomed.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mattski in FL

    You would think from reading this article that Hawking had come our with some major news release about his views on aliens. The comment was a little blip - an hypothesis - in his new series on the Discovery channel, not some big announcement. This is how news agencies "make" news.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. MamaBoats

    I agree with David B....if they can travel and have resolved their energy issues...doubtful they are coming for anything we have....however, the Professor's theory sounds more like our planet than anyone else's....Any alien trying to contact us will probably be attacked immediately without any attempt at conversation....I mean, it happens on our planet every day. We have not learned the art of communication as seen by the various wars and sacrifices of our young.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick S

    I am sure there is other life out in the universe but I think Prof. Hawking is incorrect in saying they will be evil or deliberately unfriendly, I think they would simply be indifferent to how their actions would affect us. We do this to each other all the time (see what happened in New York recently). I do agree with the commentator earlier this morning regarding the mirroring of our emotions or ways of thinking onto another species. That's too egocentric The aliens would be exactly that, alien. You can't proscribe emotions to another species especially one that did not arise on this planet. What drives them may not be what drives us. Read "FootFall" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, which covers this quite well. I think the best we could hope for is that the alien's indifference does not result in our destruction.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Eric

    The aliens are already mining for minerals on our moon. Just Google "moon structures" and see all the photos that are posted on the internet. There are intercepted, unedited conversations from our guys on the moon where they indicate ufo's resting on a crater edge ,watching them the entire time they were on the moon.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel, Palm Beach, FL

    Rabid Snail, we could only hope that the aliens have religion. That way, their scientific progress would be impeded just like ours and they haven't discovered wormhole technology. And maybe they are distracted with fighting their neighbor over a religious cartoon of their messiah when their telescopes are scanning our corner of the universe.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. spock

    This is really quite simple as I see it.
    If its the Asgard, we will be fine...if its the Clingons, we are in a world of hurt.
    If its two races at one time we could watch the Joffa fight the Jedi and sell tickets.
    Fascinating !

    April 27, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carl

    News flash! They've already been here and left. Just look at the record of ancient archeology.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Polaris431

    I'll start believing in Santa again when I see proof of aliens.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. randy

    Maybe these Aliens will let the illegal ALIENS stay here!!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Actually, the first aliens to make open contact with us will be from the planet Vulcan, and they will be quite friendly. They will certainly see us as primitive, but with the potential to grow. They will advise us, encourage us, and help us to play an important part in exploring the universe.

    Are there malicious aliens out there? Of course! Some more primitive, like the Gorn, and others cunning and ruthless. But even the Klingon can learn to trust us, if their main supply of energy explodes and they are helpless to continue to survive on their own....

    Come on, Prof. Hawkings! Loosen up! Remember, you were an alien once yourself!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carl

    Jnan R. Saha – maybe it's even possible that God created life on Earth...along with any other life forms that may be out there.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. New Yorker

    One of the best Twilight Zone episodes: aliens show up on Earth and have apparently come in peace. They present their book "To Serve Man" but it's in their alien language so no one clearly understands it. The aliens use their technology to eliminate hunger, disease and warfare. A bunch of humans get on board the space craft to go visit the alien planet thinking their travelling to paradise. Unfortunately it's too late when one human realizes the book is a cookbook! Classic Rod Serling!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. JJ

    I think someone should tell Stephen Hawkins to stop watching hollywood movies.I dont know but what he said sounds Star Trek & Transformer2 together.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. 8472

    Everyone keeps thinking the aliens would want the fossil fuels here on Earth, but one of the most valuable treasure in the universe is finding a planet at a perfect distance away from a star to sustain life. We have failed to recognized the importance and value of the rock we're on and it reflects in the comments above.

    If they need a planet to plant their own civilization on, chances are they'll make sure that we're gone. Game over, folks.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
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