...Yes, you read that correctly, and your reaction may have been the same as mine when Ms. K.M. sent this article to me, so we'll get straight to it:

Physicists have designed a laser defence system to cloak Earth from bad-guy aliens

Now, if you're paying close attention, you probably figured out that there's a "teensy weensy" problem with the plan, if one takes this article at face value, and I suspect that this teensy weensy problem was the reason Ms. K.M. sent it to me in the first place, having seen it herself. The tweensy weensy problem thing concerns these paragraphs:

So how does it work? In order to find planets outside our Solar System, we watch other stars and look for signs of their light dimming periodically, which indicates that a planet is passing in front of them.

By watching how often a planet crosses its sun, and how much light it blocks, we can get a pretty good idea of how close the planet is to its star, and how big it is. And because we can't possibly examine every planet in the Universe, we use that information to work out which might be most interesting to us. So for humans, that's planets that might contain water, or could be habitable.

Assuming big-bad aliens use a similar technique to look for planets that interest them, we'd have to find a way to stop them from noticing Earth as it passes in front of the Sun if we wanted to stay off their radar - and that's where the lasers come into it.

A team from Columbia University has now proposed a system that would fire a laser at the precise moment Earth crosses in front of the Sun, so that stars lying along the same plane wouldn't even notice the light dimming.

The idea started off as an attempt to alter the signal we were broadcasting about our planet's orbit into space, but then the team realised we could actually cloak our planet entirely if we wanted.
(Emphasis added)

Now, the scheme here is interesting, because as the article points out, the plan works only when you're firing your "cloaking" lasers during the approximate minutes a your planet is passing in front of your star, relative to any potential observer along the plane and line of site of observation. Firing them in one direction at a specific period of time won't work for an observer lying in a completely different direction.

In short, the system simply won't work as advertized, i.e., as a general system  of planetary cloaking, but rather, only as a system of cloaking in certain directions whence - moreover - one might suspect some "nasty guys" might originate. So why propose such a system to begin with?

Well, I'm sure most readers here can see the implications, particularly if such a system were ever actually built, for the construction of such a system would tend to indicate some "intelligence" that "this spatial region potentially contains some nasties that we don't want coming here. If  the "laser firing data" were ever made publicly available, one would also be able to determine those areas considered to be "potentially nasty" by the powers that be, for oneself.

And, for all of you who remember that famous affidavit of Dr. Carol Rosin about the "game plan" for weaponizing space - first Communists, then terrorists, then nations of concern, then asteroids, and finally, ETs - this might be the first little indicator that we're moving into ET phase even as the increasing calls for "asteroid defence" weapons have been increasing around the world.

See you on the flip side.


  1. This article does not say WHERE the hypothetical “laser array” would be based. A space-based array could be turned anywhere, including the Earth itself…

  2. If we can figure out how to cloak the Earth using lasers, then the “nasty aliens” have surely figured out how to cloak their planets. Considering it takes hundreds or thousands of years for light to travel between stars, I don’t see how it is going to help us now to cloak the Earth.

  3. This is the space version of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. And if you’ll recall, only a year or two after telling that Big Lie to get that disastrous war going, W was mocking the absurdity of it himself for the annual Washtington Press Club dinner, by looking under the couch and the cushions in the Oval Office, and uner his desk, saying, “Nope, no weapons of mass destruction there either!”

    They don’t care what garbage they use as an excuse to sell their latest psycho-killer project to the public, and they haven’t cared one whit since Reagan, when they realized they could do whatever they wanted and nothing would happen, nobody cared, they were free. And that’s when it all went to Hades.

  4. Seems to me that they are a few millennia too late with this idea, especially after welcoming these watchers into their culture so long ago.
    So my question is, if they believe some of these characters are good and some are not, then how do they know which originated from where? How do you welcome the ones you want while trying to avoid detection by the others, who obviously already know about this remote outpost in the solar system? It’s too late for detection, so this idea is probably intended to be offensive rather than defensive.

  5. This looks like a meme out of the playbook of Senator Palpatine the first Galactic Emperor from Star Wars would dream up. Yea we must not forget those Voyagers records with information that we exist and our residential address we sent out in the seventies. CUI BONO.

      1. My guess is that the astrological effects on consciousness that occur while we are in this zone of our galaxy make us more likely to blow ourselves up.

        1. Perhaps, but some of the major Earth changes happening now also began to occur back then when the solar system reached this energy dense cloud of the Milky Way. Coincidence or not it might also explain some of the elites actions and policy if they fear a potential repeat. What will be will be, but hopefully conditions have changed enough in this part of the galaxy that this time around won’t be as severe. Regardless it will most likely be a gradual transition that effects future generations much more than our current generation if there is really anything to be concerned about at all. Just a potential I noticed and begun to investigate.

  6. I am no expert but I think the spectrographic and laser properties of the cloak would be more of a beacon. Unless you could exactly match all the entire solar light frequencies, the cloak would stand out like a lighthouse. 1)Lasers for propulsion 2)Lasers to stop asteroids. 3)Lasers to clean up orbital debris. 4)Lasers for high speed communication. 5)Lasers for mapping and chemical detection from orbit. It seems that no matter what the question is the answer lately is more powerful lasers. The ultimate goal would be having any rebellious ants under a handheld lens.

  7. Ditto for all the same reasons and if we’re able to rubbish the idea so easily then it suggests three things in my mind 1. they must think the vast majority of people are completely stupid and will believe anything they’re told 2. It’s a story that’s put out there simply to expand on the alien meme they’ve been sowing 3. it’s overtly conditioning people to the idea that lasers will be deployed in space for covert (offensive) reasons.

    If they didn’t want bad guy aliens knowing where humanity is then why the heck did they mark our exact location in the solar system amongst a catalogue of other things aboard both Voyager spacecraft back in 1977?!?! The whole idea is absurd and probably should be attributed to reasons 2 and 3 above.

    1. Considering the Voyagers have barely left the Solar system, if they have even gotten that far, makes the fact that they pinpointed our location on it rather meaningless. Anyone who stumbled upon them would already know where we are from the signals we broadcast to our distant satellites. This would mean they were, most likely, already in the neighborhood. Good, bad or indifferent wouldn’t matter much at that point.
      If there truly was a system wide war in high antiquity, whoever this planet was a war with already knows where we are, anyway.

  8. Seems to me that whoever proposed this idea has used less than stellar reasoning. In order for it to have even the remotest chance of working you would have to have foreknowledge of where these aliens were located. If we knew where they were located, then it stands to reason they also know where we’re located. A case of repairing the fence after the horse has run off.
    Assuming you just wanted to cloak the planet from any random aliens you didn’t know about; it wouldn’t work for aliens who were not located in the plane of the earths rotation around the sun +/- a few degrees. In order for it to work, you would have to fire the laser continuously in order to cloak the planet for the full orbitaround the sun; the laser would have to be space based; its orbit would have to synchronized with the earths orbit around the sun in order for it to be in the proper linear position to cloak the planet at all times; and it would have to have the same spectrum as our star, otherwise your sending a beacon indicating intelligence on the planet your attempting to cloak. I’m sure there are even more reasons it wouldn’t work.
    Sounds like more fear porn to allow the weaponization of space. A laser powerful enough to cloak the planet in such a manner would make a dandy addition to your space based arsenal and could be reconfigured to aim at the planet as well as away from it.
    Ideas like this don’t even make believable science fiction.

    1. I agree. The problem is the aliens that are already here. Trying to cloak the Earth is akin to cloaking the Superdome or Disney World. The secret is out. We are way too popular a location. My guess is that it is more of an offensive weapon.

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