Are we alone in the universe? This question has occupied our imagination for more than one hundred years. Is our planet the only miracle and home for living organisms among all other planets and galaxies? Some scientists believe that the day when we encounter alien life is probably going to come sooner than we expect.

We will find life in space during this century“,

confidently said Dr. Seth Shostak, the head of the research project SETI engaged in the search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, speaking at the meeting of the European Commission considering innovative development.

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Researchers of the SETI project calculated the date when humanity will encounter alien life, based on data received from the space telescope Kepler.

Shostak stated that probably by 2040, electromagnetic signals of alien origin will be detected, writes Space.com. This forecast was made on the basis of data received from the space telescope Kepler.

Speaking at a NASA symposium at Stanford, Shostak said that there is an extremely great percentage of potentially habitable planets, and in two decades, astronomers will be able to scan enough star systems to detect them, reports the Guardian.

According to the scientist, every fifth star has a planet orbiting it, on which the existence of intelligent life is possible. This may mean that there actually are billions of Earth-like planets in the universe.

The scientist is sure that if at least one of them has living creatures on it whose intelligence is at our level or exceeds it, they will certainly receive a radio signal from Earth and respond to it.

“There are more than 150 billion galaxies in the space, which are somehow different from our own. Each of these galaxies contains tens of billions of Earth-like planets. That’s why the belief that the Earth is the only place in the universe that hosts life is nothing short of a miracle. 500 years of astronomical research led us to understand that if you believe in miracles, you are most likely wrong,” said Shostak.

Now, according to Shostak, aliens are probably “listening patiently and cautiously to find out if the contact with them is set up.” The astronomer does not exclude that the signal may be received by the researchers on Earth.

Let’s assume that there is life on other planets in space indeed.

In what form would it exist and how could we detect it? Dr. Shostak believes that the answer to this question may be found within the next 25 years.

It will be either found in the microbial form in own neighborhood within the solar system, on Mars or one of Jupiter’s moons or will find evidence of extraterrestrial life in the form of gases produced by living organisms in the atmospheres of exoplanets; or Dr. Szostak and his team at SETI will finally catch a radio signal transmitted by intelligent extraterrestrial life.

Astrophysicist at Oxford University Dr. Suzanne Aigrain, who studies various planets outside the solar system, believes that the discovery of extraterrestrial life is more likely to happen according to the second option, that is, by detecting metabolic products of living organisms.

Speaking at the meeting, she expressed her confidence that humans are not alone in this world.

We are very close to getting to the point when it can be said with certainty that universe contains a giant number of Earth-like planets. Inhabited planets. That’s why when someone asks whether there is life on other planets, I always take the side of someone who believes that it does exist, because the probability is really high.”

Dr. Aigrain and her scientific team use electromagnetic radiation (light) as the primary tool for finding planets rotating around other suns. Planets may be considered as potentially habitable if their size corresponds to the size of the Earth and their surface temperature is suitable for keeping water in liquid form.

Aigrain and her colleagues believe that such kind of planets is the one that may contain “biomarkers”, that is, traces of gases in the atmosphere which could be a product of the life of biological creatures.

In turn, Dr. Shostak and SETI are looking for evidence of the existence of life in the universe by observing the signs of technologies. If such signs are finally detected, then, according to Shostak, this signal will be produced by a much more advanced in terms of technology civilization than we are.

What happens if we find them?

If we do find life on other planets, or a radio signal from distant neighbors in the universe, then what will be the consequences of all this? After all, if we find, for example, space germs, then the question will be much deeper than just reconsideration of the content of school books on biology, and we will expect great philosophical implications.

It will change everything we’ve ever known,” says Dr. Shostak.

The SETI project, which began in 1959, aims to search for extraterrestrial life. At the beginning of the 2000s, the “alien busters” believed that due to the rapid growth of computer technology, mankind might be able to make contact with other worlds and encounter alien life in 2025.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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    Jeff

    Well, meeting another civilization may not be in our best interests. Quoting Stephen Hawkins, meeting a more advanced civilization “might be a bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus. I don’t think they were better off for it.”

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    Podbits

    They know that there are aliens out there, they just arent telling us. How can they project that we will be recieving signals in 2040? They know something and arent telling us.

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    KA Taylor

    Is SETI so unwilling to seriously investigate the many pilot reports of encounters with UFOs? There are so numerous and well documented by credible individuals, that it bears examination. Contact by 2040? They are already here, Seth Shostak.

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    George E Moss

    The plain truth is that we on Earth have received many visits from extraterrestrials in the past; by both physical and non-physical means. Some who visited physically, built Earth’s first pyramids for energy production whilst they were here; why else should they have been built to such perfection, on selected ley lines and with exact east-west orientation?

    Electromagnetic radio-dish communication is useless, because this method is simply not used by other sentient beings for communicating across universal distance. Why use this when seance-group-mind-link method of communicating is available? Mind-link operates exterior to space-time and is instantaneous. Physical brain is a wonderful biological computer that can download thought-behind-words to its known language. So with this method of communication available why mess about with antiquated radio dishes? Advanced sentient beings would not dream of doing this. Through the last decade our UK group, which includes several mediums and scientists, has received approaching 100 communications from friends across the universe. Others will certainly reveal themselves when we are ready to receive them in friendship.

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    Stone

    I have some info i got from meditations.

    Between 2015-2018 Something will happen that will
    awaken everyone to alien life. Everyone will know we are not alone. What that thing is i don’t know.

    Between 2025-2033 Our first genetic related ancestors
    will arrive here. Our family stretches beyond this world.
    This will be a big change. And we will become Earthlings.
    We will become as one.

    Love
    StoneOcean

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    tmraywood

    Yeah, something’s fishy with this. The distances we’re talking about here are huge. Huge as in hundreds of thousands of light years huge. And since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, the only way we could ‘pick up’ any such transmissions is if they’d been sent a long, long, long, long, long, long time ago. (Hope that wasn’t too technical.) In other words, sent before we even inhabited the planet.

    For SETI to speak therefore with such brash certainty as to the ‘imminent’ contact with alien life forms is to essentially telegraph that, indeed, communication of this sort is already in place. They’re just trying to warm us to the idea, ever so gradually, so as to not freak out the whole planet (red buttons and all). So this is just one more cog in that machine. Can’t blame ’em.

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    Garrett

    I feel like I’m in the twilight zone and I just woke up in the past only to read an article about the future…the evidence is so overwhelming that we’ve already made contact that I’m speechless.

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