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Mankind is “nowhere near” finding extraterrestrial life, the head of astronomy’s world governing body has said.

International Astronomy Union (IAU) general secretary Dr Ian Corbett said breakthroughs have been made in the discovery of exoplanets – planets orbiting around other stars – which were similar to Earth, but it would be problematic trying to confirm that life existed on such bodies.

He said technology was being developed to look at the bimolecular signatures that point to life elsewhere in the universe, but confirming such a discovery would be “really tough”.

Again, maybe they should start looking at what's flying around in front of their noses in the skies of Earth.  To read the rest of the article, click here.