Over 200,000 people have signed up to storm Area 51 and get the truth about aliens.

People have been speculating about Area 51 for seven decades.

In the mid-50s, during the height of the Cold War, the United States government began testing ultra-high altitude U-2 jets in the desert of Southern Nevada at an airbase known as Area 51.

These jets flew in ways that were shocking to most local residents and many began reporting UFO sightings. The U.S. Air Force kept mum about the U-2 and explained the sightings away as "natural phenomena" or "high-altitude weather research."

These events have led to decades of speculation and conspiracies about what actually has been going down at Area 51 and why the government is intensely secret about the base.

The government didn't even publicly acknowledge its existence until a 2005 freedom of information act request was released in 2013.

Some believe that Area 51 is where aliens and their spacecraft were taken after the 1947 Roswell incident.

Others claim that Area 51 is a meeting ground where the government holds secret communications with extraterrestrials.

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For centuries, human beings have looked at the night sky, hoping to see aliens.

Now, a group of scientists is trying to find out where aliens would have to be in order to see us.

Researchers from universities in the U.K. and Germany have identified nine planets that are "ideally placed" for their resident astronomers to detect Earth using the same methods Earth stargazers use to detect them, according to a new paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Think you know the difference between criminal aliens and undocumented immigrants?

It's become apparent we may need a refresher course on human versus non-human beings.

During the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4, 2016, Republican candidate Mike Pence referred to undocumented immigrants as "criminal aliens" at least three times.

When the topic turned to immigration, moderator Elaine Quijano asked Pence what he would tell undocumented immigrants who have not committed violent crimes and wish to stay in this country. That's when he uttered a two-word phrase that needs to quickly be removed from our shared vocabulary: "criminal aliens."

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