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Hair, who presented his research at the Mathematical Association of America in Boston earlier this month, based his approximation of what he considered to be extremely conservative estimates for how long it would take a society to muster up the resources and technological know-how to leave its home world and travel to another star.
Even at the relatively sedate pace of 1 percent of light-speed, the aliens would arrive at their nearest neighbor star in about 500 years. (Light travels at about 186,000 miles per second.)
Figure another 500 years to build new ships, set out again, and so on and so on, and the calculations show that civilizations starting out from the oldest stars in our galaxy would have had epochs of time to reach us by now. So where are they?
"They've either passed us by, or they stay around their home star systems and contemplate their navels," Hair said.
There could be several reasons why we’re not listed in intergalactic Yelp. Perhaps most important is that we don't have anything aliens need.
Originally posted by DivineFem
If I were an ET, I don't know that I would come to this planet either. Nothing but a bunch of nut jobs fighting over things that don't truely belong to them, they belong to us all. Maybe they are sitting in space eating popcorn, or whatever they eat, sitting back to watch the show. Or maybe they will wait until we have exhausted all options and are ready for peace, before they come. Very exciting thoughts and ideas.
Originally posted by sicksonezer0
reply to post by DivineFem
Earth is like a reality show to aliens, ha. If I was from an advanced civilization, I really dont think I would be interested in the virus that is called humanity either.
I believe it's only a matter of time before they reveal themselves to us.
Originally posted by Hessdalen
i (hope) but dont think they will show up in the next 500years because we know nothing, act stupid and there is really no point to get in contact
Originally posted by IamAbeliever
reply to post by dymiox
I couldn't agree more. I believe that when we stand on the brink of an all-out nuclear exchange we will have mass sightings worldwide. And with the coming showdown with Iran we shouldn't have to wait much longer.