A recent newspaper story about the discovery of a huge Earth-like planet 560 light-years away was headlined: ‘New planet brings hope of life in space.’
A few years ago, that sort of claim would just have been laughed off. But this has changed in recent times: indeed, only a few days ago, a leading astronomer made a quite staggering claim.
‘It is not hyperbolic to suggest that scientists could very well discover extra-terrestrial intelligence within two decades’ time or less.’
And this was no deluded alien bug-hunter.
This was Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, addressing the U.S. Congress.
SETI stands for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. It was co-founded by astronomer and author Carl Sagan, and two Nobel prize-winners have worked there.To read more, click here.