With a new generation of telescopes:
But for the first time in human history we are reaching the technological sophistication needed to provide a genuine answer. Powerful telescopes are letting us study planets in other solar systems, giving us a glimpse into their atmospheres and a flavour of what type of life might be living on their surfaces. At the same time, improved analysis of our own planet is allowing us to redefine what life might look like from afar, and is helping us to distinguish the signs of a flourishing alien civilisation from the mere geological rumblings of a lifeless world. With these tools at our disposal, answers are finally within our grasp.Sarah Rugheimer, “Are there any aliens out there? We are close to knowing for sure ” at New Scientist
Of course, they’re out there and as long as there’s an Out There, they’ll always be out there.
See also: Tales of an invented god
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