If You’re Waiting To Meet Aliens Be Patient, There’s 1500 Years To Go

posted: 07/28/16
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham
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In a very sad announcement for all of us hoping to meet alien life forms in our lifetime, scientists have revealed the truth: If there is intelligent life out in the universe, then we are at least 1,500 years away from contact with them.

So let's flip that Star Wars script. We will meet aliens. It will just happen in a galaxy far, far away, a long, long time from now.

The good news, though, is that scientists all seem to generally agree that there is life out there. Evan Solomonides, a Cornell physics and math major teamed up with Yervant Terzian, a Cornell astronomy professor, on a paper describing their findings regarding extra terrestrial life and a principle known as the mediocrity principle. It is exactly as it sounds. We Earthlings think we are all that. But we aren't.

"Whatever natural processes gave rise to life on our planet should be extraordinarily common, and should have happened in enumerable places throughout the galaxy," the scientists wrote. "Yet, we are, to the best of our knowledge thus far, utterly alone. How can this be?"

How can such good and bad news co-exist? It's almost certain life is out there, but none of us will meet them in our lifetime. So long fantasies like ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The truth is we are just not advanced enough to know one another yet. Our technology has not developed to that level. And it won't. At least not for a long, long time.

Still, let's focus on the positive: Those of us who believe in aliens are no longer the weirdo conspiracy theorists. Science has validated us at last.