Independent Europe: Alien life could be found within 40 years, claims top astronomer

THE question of whether alien life exists could be answered within 40 years, according to a top UK astronomer.

Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society in London, said evidence of whether beings exist not only beyond earth but beyond our solar system, could be found in that time, a newspaper reported.

Lord Rees said he believed that astro-physicists could be able to view images of distant planets outside the solar system as soon as 2025. This could potentially lead to the discovery of some form of life on them.

When asked what changes could be expected in science in the next 40 years, he said understanding more about the “origin of life, the place where it exists, and whether aliens exist, is going to be crucial”, the Daily Mail reported…
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