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Are we alone in the Universe?

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Discovering planets outside our Solar System has raised hopes that we may one day contact alien lifeforms. But will this ever happen?

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” So said sci-fi author Arthur C Clarke. We’ve been fascinated by the idea life may exist elsewhere, and for over 50 years the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti) has been scanning the galaxy for messages from an alien civilisation to no avail.

But the discovery of planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, has raised hopes that efforts to contact alien lifeforms may one day succeed. BBC’s Horizon joined the planet hunters who discovered a new world called Gliese 581 c. To date, it is one of the most Earth-like planets found around another star, and it may have habitats capable of supporting life.

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Posted by on February 12, 2014. Filed under Astronomy. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to Are we alone in the Universe?

  1. Usman Ahmad

    February 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    According to the Holy Quran there are many world out in space. Whether we can find earth like planet is a separate issue.

  2. Seku Drame

    February 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

    When I young, my father used to read holy Quran to me, then I asked him about the part said that god created many world. I asked him wether there is people in those worlds, and reply that maybe, but we don’t know about them, they may not know about us either. This story inspired me to study physics. I thought my religion would give advantage of answering many of these questions.