A month after, people the world over are still buzzing about the CNN footage of a small, dark object that dashed across the sky during Obama’s inauguration.

Was it a bird? A plane? Spiderman? OR A UFO?

Aliens may be living among us, undetected purely because they do not have the standard biochemistry of Earth-dwellers, the Times quotes Paul Davies, a cosmologist and theorist of extraterrestrial life.

Next month Nasa's Kepler spacecraft launch expects to find thousands of rocky planets in the area it will explore.

Astronomers at the Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C. have compiled a list of 17,129 nearby stars most likely to have planets that support complex life.

Epsilon Indi – just 11.8 light years away from Earth – leads the list.

Extra-terrestrials amongst us

Human beings the world over have always been intrigued by the green Martian candy men with hoods, unspeakable brain power that can destroy an entire civilization, and unmistakable love for children who hide them in their backyard.

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood has cashed in on our innate paranormal curiosity.

The end of 2009 sees the release of an action-oriented version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, where Elizabeth Bennet fights an alien zombie invasion.

An adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this film attempts to portray extra-terrestrials in a new light.

It would be interesting to watch the strange mammals in diarrhoea colours, with big bulging eyes like a man's fist, creating ruckus in the costume drama Pride and Prejudice.

One can't help but wonder if the marriage-happy Elizabeth and Darcy have bigger problems to think about than an alien invasion.

Hollywood Studios are also fighting for the rights of another film called Pride and Predator.

Aliens by Hollywood, Inc.

Hollywood has already thrown us a fair share of alien-themed blockbusters.

The sci-fi movie Independence Day (1996), cleverly timed to be released on the 4th of July, shows disparate human beings at the Nevada Desert uniting in the face of an alien attack from extra-terrestrial beings in saucer-shaped spacecraft who possess evil brain power.

Aliens: The Resurrection, directed by James Cameron, shows how marines are dispatched to repel invading xenomorphs.

The film builds on the idea of a machine that secretly secretes acid and impurifies the blood to show a confrontation between aliens and earth's finest military grunts.

On the contrary, ET: The Extra-terrestrial is a touching movie that portrays a warm relationship between aliens and human beings.

The film went on to become a cult classic, not just its respective sci-fi genre but as an overall Hollywood favourite.

So we've already seen quite a great scope of alien flicks.

More to come from aliens?

We, Earth-dwelling humans replaying the inauguration footage to see that little blip on the screen, still ponder and debate whether or not aliens are real.

News articles often crop up about bright and strange objects, somewhat orange-ish in colour, floating or moving slowly from the northwest to the southwest and then disintegrating into bright red dots.

Aliens have reportedly emerged from cornfields, orbited the earth in flying saucers, and appeared on the highway, to the amazement of inquisitive humans.

Going by the films, one wouldn't be surprised if they come floating down into the parking lot to share our space… or even in more extreme circumstances: launching an extra-terrestrial attack on our civilization

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