Proof of Aliens Could Come Within 25 Years, Scientist Says

setconlogoFrom Space.com:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Proof of extraterrestrial intelligence could come within 25 years, an astronomer who works on the search said Sunday.

“I actually think the chances that we’ll find ET are pretty good,” said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, Calif., here at the SETI con convention. “Young people in the audience, I think there’s a really good chance you’re going to see this happen.”

Shostak bases this estimation on the Drake Equation, a formula conceived by SETI pioneer Frank Drake to calculate the number (N) of alien civilizations with whom we might be able to communicate. That equation takes into account a variety of factors, including the rate of star formation in the galaxy, the fraction of stars that have planets, the fraction of planets that are habitable, the percent of those that actually develop life, the percent of those that develop intelligent life, the fraction of civilizations that have a technology that can broadcast their presence into space, and the length of time those signals would be broadcasted…

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  • Alturn

    Strange position since aliens are doing everything within within the law of freewill to demonstrate they are here. Crop circles. Four star-like objects within the earth's atmosphere each the size of five football fields that are being seen all around the world. Sightings of UFOs similarly around the world.

    It would be nice if the scientific community would be honest on a subject that regular people continuously receive validation showing the facts are different than what authority states.

    • Connie Dobbs

      Sadly, the evidence isn't good enough, especially because we don't actually know what ANY of that actually is. It could be aliens, atmospheric phenomena, scientific experiments, a hoax, or the next michael bay blockbuster. Until we can find irrefutable proof of life on other planets (ie, we see a planet with life on it, intercept alien transmissions, or aliens decide to land their UFOs in the middle of times square) it's going to remain speculation. Sorry about that, I want to believe, too.

  • Connie Dobbs

    Sadly, the evidence isn’t good enough, especially because we don’t actually know what ANY of that actually is. It could be aliens, atmospheric phenomena, scientific experiments, a hoax, or the next michael bay blockbuster. Until we can find irrefutable proof of life on other planets (ie, we see a planet with life on it, intercept alien transmissions, or aliens decide to land their UFOs in the middle of times square) it’s going to remain speculation. Sorry about that, I want to believe, too.

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