We, humans, are always excited when the word aliens come to our mind or when we come across news or discoveries regarding alien life. Along with interplanetary researches and missions, scientists and researchers are also keenly looking for any type of extraterrestrial life such as aliens and are constantly studying regarding their presence and their habitat.
And according to a recent report, an astronomer from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) claimed that we are heading towards our first contact with aliens. At the World’s Nano Fair, Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at SETI told Futurism that they are going to find intelligent alien life within 20 years and for that, he betted everyone a cup of coffee. He is optimistic about the fact that we are incredibly close to answering the question of whether we are alone in the Universe or not. He also confidently says that within a couple of decades he can prove that aliens do exist.
Shostak believes that we will be to discover indisputable proof of intelligent life or alien life in other parts of Universe. But that does not mean that we can actually meet or even communicate with the alien civilization. Shostack explained that he is unsure about any contact because if aliens are found 500 light years away, then their signal which will reach us will be 500 years old. And if we send a ‘Hi’ to them then it will take 1000 years before we hear back from them. He said that it’s not the communication that is important, rather it’s the successful detection of their presence in Universe which matters.
It is not the first time that someone like Shostak is confident about finding aliens. Recently, Scientists from Breakthrough Initiatives (a $100 million dollar program to search for life beyond Earth), through the ‘Listen’ program, detected 15 fast radio bursts emanating from a distant galaxy. Many researchers believed that these intense FRBs might be radiated by the Aliens, but there was no confirmation regarding the presence of aliens. So, there should be more thorough research regarding the presence of intelligent life outside the Earth. Just because we can send and detect radio waves, that doesn’t mean alien life works the same way.