#1 We ARE alone: Despite discovering more planets, the chances of finding ET are dim01-25-2011, 12:25 PMWe ARE alone: Despite discovering more planets, the chances of finding ET are unlikely, says astronomer
By Sophie Borland
Last updated at 2:15 AM on 24th January 2011
Still waiting for little green men to make contact? Don’t hold your breath.
A leading astronomer has concluded there probably aren’t any aliens out there – meaning we are entirely alone in the universe.
Even though there may be tens of thousands of other distant planets similar in size to Earth, the conditions on them are likely to be too hostile to support life-forms such as ET. Dr Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard University, believes there is very little hope of discovering aliens and, even if we did, it would be almost impossible to make contact.
So far astronomers have discovered a total of 500 planets in distant solar systems – known as extrasolar systems – although they believe billions of others exist. But Dr Smith points out that many of these planets are either too close to their sun or too far away, meaning their surface temperatures are so extreme they could not support life. Others have unusual orbits which cause vast temperature variations making it impossible for water to exist as a liquid – an essential element for life.
Dr Smith said: ‘We have found that most other planets and solar systems are wildly different from our own.
‘They are very hostile to life as we know it.’ ‘The new information we are getting suggests we could effectively be alone in the universe.
‘There are very few solar systems or planets like ours. It means it is highly unlikely there are any planets with intelligent life close enough for us to make contact.’ But his controversial suggestions contradict other leading scientists – who have claimed aliens almost certainly exist.
Only last month Professor Stephen Hawking said the fact that there are billions of galaxies out there made it perfectly rational to assume there were other life-forms in the universe. Researchers from the University of London have recently suggested that aliens could be living on as many as 40,000 other planets.
But Dr Smith suggests that such estimates are optimistic.
01-25-2011, 12:33 PM
I figure that although anything is possible as far as life on other planets is concerned. I also am skeptical of most claims of contact with alien life forms.
01-25-2011, 01:48 PM
This kind of brings a paradox into the debate because this binds science's hands a bit. By saying we are alone kind of kills their notion that there is no divine force in the universe who put us here(God) because if you're a true analytical scientists, just sheer mathematics would tell you that there is life on other planets somewhere. So, either there is a God who created the earth then man in His own image or there are other worlds who were created by the same set of mistakes and happenstances that created us.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
01-25-2011, 02:03 PM
The problem is sentient life evolving at the same general rate that we have in order to have "contact" be effective (what is our window? a couple of centuries, maybe?) and there is also God's Picket Fence (186,000 miles per second ... it's not just a good idea ... it's the law) that keeps away the overlap of any reasonably advanced life.
01-25-2011, 08:06 PM
My personal belief is that there is other life out there. Some probably more advanced than us. That little light speed thing comes into play as far as contact goes though. Even if a species had broken the light barrier, they would then have to know where to look for us, problematic with the vastness in which to search.
01-25-2011, 02:03 PM
The aliens were unavailable for comment.
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01-25-2011, 02:12 PM
The Carl Higon case in 1974 had a 7mm round which he fired at group of five elk, as described it " the bullet seem to float and then fell to the ground at fifty feet away." It was then he heard a twig snap , turned around to see a humaniod coming his way. Higon was taken back to the ship, taken on a flight, and returned. He suffered from confusion and was found by local authories a few hours later after calling for help by means of radio in his truck. After a hospital stay, Higon was able to present to the Sheriff's department and investigators the one piece of evdence he was able to save; the 7mm round that he had fired at the begining of the encounter. One of the deputies said the round had looked like it had been turned inside out. As of 1994, the round has since disappeared.
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