Do you believe there is life on other planets?
Putting religion aside, I know there can be controversy when it comes in to play. But do you think there is life on other planets? Any ideas / thoughts? This is for a class project. Thank you
- Jeffrey KLv 65 months agoFavorite Answer
There must be life. Our galaxy has 400 billion stars and even more planets. We can see a trillion galaxies. And we know there are more we can't see. In all that, the probability of life outside of earth is virtually a certainty.
- robertoLv 65 months ago
there may be,in cosmological time frames,,we have been assiduously searching for a few days,the universe has been a roiling and bubbling for 13 B years,as we determine from seeing light far far distant,as it WAS,12 & some billion years ago,pretty close to 'first light',our grasp of ;'speed'
is a big crawling on the interstates in germany,,take away the traffic, the bug sees impossible distances for him to absorb let alone,travel,
we have not yet met other 2 leggers,,or ten leggers if some smart species out there are bugs
- Ronald 7Lv 75 months ago
Abscence of Proof does not mean Proof of Absence
- AthenaLv 75 months ago
THAT is another question.
The universe is probably full of moss and lichen.
However, how many forms of life can read your question on THIS planet?
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- MARKLv 75 months ago
In terms of human intuition it does seem improbable that the Earth is the only planet in the entire universe with life on it. However, we must remember that while the number of planets is enormous that they may also not be conducive to life.
Of course, life on other planets need be multicellular and intelligent. It could very well be similar to our prokaryotes.
- ob1knobLv 75 months ago
Religions are not relevant.
They deal with life on Earth only, but they will change their teaching as soon as we discover alien forms of life.
Science has only one possible accurate answer: "We don't know".
However, we are not totally clueless:
- Amino acids (the "bricks" of organic compounds) have been found in comets and interplanetary dust.
The significance of that might be either:
1) Amino acids form naturally in comets. Life can start from them as soon as the comet crashes into a planet with "habitable" conditions
2) Or they are the trace of a previous life around a star that exploded in a supernova and produced the interstellar cloud of dust, rocks, and comets that eventually became the Solar System.
- The earliest known evidence of fossilized microorganisms on Earth (4.3 billion years - Nuvvuagittuq Belt - Quebec) soon after ocean formation 4.4 billion years ago, and not long after the formation of the Earth 4.54 billion years ago.
The idea is that life develops inevitably as soon as the conditions are welcoming enough,
As inevitably the flu virus colonizes your body as soon as it foins your welcoming noise.
For a class project, it would be wise to mention the 3 following concepts
- The Drake equation:
A statistic approach of the number of civilizations in our Milky Way Galaxy.
When written in 1961, the equation was useless since most parameters were unknown.
Nowadays they are more and more precisely estimated.
The current estimation is 15 million civilizations in the Milky Way, multiply or divide by 10.
Be aware if only one parameter happened to be much smaller than expected the whole equation (and the number of civilizations) would tend toward 0
- The Fermi paradox:
If the fate of any form of life is to evolve into an intelligent species and colonize their immediate then further surrounding ...
If so, Where are they?!?
- The Great Filter
It lists the steps from lifeless compounds to galactic civilization (reproductive molecules, multi-cell life, etc.).
Since it seems we're alone, that means at least one of those steps is almost or totally impassable. It is the Great Filter that prevents further developments.
If the GF is behind us, Yeah! we passed it High 5 we're the lucky ones.
If the GF is to come, we're probably doomed. No civilization before us passed it.
- nineteenthlyLv 75 months ago
Yes. When the Viking landers arrived on Mars in 1976, they carried out three experiments, one of which soaked the soil in radioactively labelled possible nutrients and picked up carbon dioxide produced from them. This was positive. Also, the presence of carbonyl sulphide in the upper Venusian atmosphere strongly suggests biochemical processes going on there too.
Personally I wouldn't want to believe in a God who had made a lifeless Universe except for Earth.
- CliveLv 75 months ago
Do your own homework.
- Adullah MLv 75 months ago
There is for sure, but which form of lives that those outer planets posses , is another topic to be discussed . Even in our earthly planet , do you really know the real purpose of having human being here on earth, in metaphysic point of view.
- 5 months ago
statistically there has to be. They may not be intelligent but there are for sure microorganisms out there somewhere.