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Contact with ET could take over 1,500 years


Posted on Thursday, 16 June, 2016 | Comment icon 10 comments

Is there anybody out there ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 John Fowler
Scientists have calculated that it could be a long time indeed before we hear from intelligent aliens.
Forget about extraterrestrials landing on the White House lawn - according to astronomers at Cornell University it may take thousands of years for an alien civilization to locate us.

Their research focused on finding an answer to the Fermi Paradox - a long-standing contradiction between the apparent abundance of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy and the fact that mankind has yet to encounter even a single extraterrestrial life form.

The team's conclusions were based on calculating how long it would take radio signals from Earth to reach a sufficient number of solar systems to offer a reasonable chance of being picked up.

"We havenít heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place but that doesnít mean no one is out there," said astronomy student Evan Solomonides. "Itís possible to hear any time at all, but it becomes likely we will have heard around 1,500 years from now."

"Until then, it is possible that we appear to be alone, even if we are not. But if we stop listening or looking, we may miss the signals. So we should keep looking."

Source: BT.com | Comments (10)

Tags: Extraterrestrial


 
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Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss on 15 June, 2016, 16:49
Well, as long as they calculated in the multitude of past contact humanity has had with aliens in the past, then these numbers should flesh out perfectly. Alt; Ha, jokes on them. They clearly ain't spotted The Fleet currently in orbit of Europa.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ashyne on 16 June, 2016, 12:06
Why 1500 years? And why 1500 years from now? Why not 1500 years ago and today make alien contact, or 1500 years thousands of years ago, so ancient astronauts encounters? What they calculate means that the alien civilization that will make contact with us is exactly the same age as our civilization and technological advancement. How do they know this?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Habitat on 16 June, 2016, 12:13
I am making a scientific prediction that if I parachute out of a plane on a dark night, and land in a lake, I will be nearer to the shore than the middle of the lake. It makes more sense than the 1500 year story too !
Comment icon #4 Posted by TripGun on 16 June, 2016, 13:02
Of course this information is based on extraterrestrials having the same tech we use...In which case they will have destroyed themselves long before contact is established anyway.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 16 June, 2016, 15:47
Maybe the other intelligent life is hoping that if they ignore us, we'll go away!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Maars on 16 June, 2016, 15:57
We would have destroyed ourselves long before then. They will get an†inhabitable planet if they accidentally came across Earth
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sweetpumper on 16 June, 2016, 17:32
They have no idea.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Podo on 16 June, 2016, 18:53
1500 years, eh? I better start eating healthier if I want to see it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 16 June, 2016, 19:31
Based on how we kill ourselves off, the planet may be habitable. The visitors may also have to fight the cockroaches to get a foot hold though.†
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ashyne on 17 June, 2016, 0:35
I think they are referring to contacting the "alien megastructure" located 1500 light years away.


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