Alien Life 'Inevitable': Astronomer
Countless Earth-like planets likely in universe
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2009 12:21 PM CST
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(Newser) – Scientists now believe there could be as many habitable planets in the cosmos as there are stars, and that makes life’s existence elsewhere “inevitable” over billions of years, says one. “It is sort of like running an experiment in your refrigerator—turn it off and something will grow in there,” Alan Boss says. The universe may be full of other life, but he says it’s highly unlikely we’ll find intelligent beings existing while we do, the Telegraph reports.

“Intelligent life seems to be fleeting," he says. "In terms of the universe it only exists for a fraction of time." In coming weeks, NASA’s Kepler space telescope will set off to find other habitable planets and will probably find one within 4 years, Boss notes.

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Jan 30, 2010 6:15 AM CST
Actually, this is incorrect. Of the over 400 planets thus far discovered, the planet furthest from earth is only about 2200 PC away, or a little over 7,000 light years. 7,000 years is the blink of an eye in terms of evolution. We would be seeing the planet pretty much as it currently is.
Jan 26, 2010 11:33 PM CST
Dude there are already aliens living among us... didn't you watch MIB
Feb 19, 2009 7:33 PM CST
Well put