‘Are we alone in the Universe?’ is the question that any astronomer had been asking himself. It’s the question that actually lies at the foundation of space agencies since one of their declared purposes is to find intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe.
A new study claims not only that the chances are big that we might not be alone in the Cosmos. It claims that we are very far away from being alone even in the Galaxy! And our Milky Way galaxy is one of the trillions of other galaxies (at least!) discovered by scientists with their powerful telescopes.
Fermi paradox debunked?
The Fermi paradox claims something very simple that anybody had asked himself once in a lifetime: if aliens exist, why haven’t we seen them yet?
A new study published recently in The Astrophysical Journal claims the hypothesis that highly intelligent aliens have been busy colonizing the galaxy, and that’s why we didn’t encounter them yet. They paid us a visit millions of years ago, which they consider to be enough.
Jonathan Carroll-Nellenback, the study’s lead author, told Business Insider the following:
If you don’t account for motion of stars when you try to solve this problem, you’re basically left with one of two solutions,
Either nobody leaves their planet, or we are in fact the only technological civilisation in the galaxy.
The Universe is outrageously big, far bigger than anyone can ever imagine. Therefore, we can imagine ourselves pretty much anything about the aliens and their possible occupations. Carroll-Nellenback put it this way: stars orbit the center of galaxies on different paths. In this long process, they sometimes pass each other. So highly intelligent aliens could be waiting for their next destination to come closer to them, so that they can explore another star system.
Is anybody willing to bet that aliens might be living even among us?