The search for alien life has begun. This isn’t a plot in a new sci-fi movie, but this is really happening. The late Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist, talked about his certainty of life lurking in the universe, and spoke publicly about his desire to know if there is, in fact intelligent life somewhere in the universe.
“The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to me completely implausible and arrogant,” Hawking once said. “Considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life.”
Hawking was part of a new initiative to search for signs of intelligent life in the universe. The Breakthrough Listen Initiative, as it is called, has been supported by some of the biggest names in science and technology. The initiative project, which was announced before Hawking’s death, will be broadening its search out to a huge swatch of the Milky Way, according to the Daily Star. The search will be backed up by brand new technology that has the power to collect more data than ever before. Researchers will then be able to look at numerous points all at once across the sky using the Parkes telescope in Australia. All the data will allow scientists to decode if anything is artificial in origin and could be sent by aliens. Read more about this on the Daily Star here.
According to Space Mag, scientists currently have no idea what alien life-forms might look like, or how they might respond to contact from human civilization.
How long before we find signs of intelligent life in the universe? 86% of us believe we won’t see anything for a few years, while 14% of us believe the new technology will allow us to find signs in a matter of months.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Stephen Hawking’s search for alien life just got a boost with an initiative to look for signs of intelligent life in the universe. When do you think they’ll find something?
Zip users in 90 cities and 30 states weighed in on this question.