One of the biggest questions regarding space is whether we are alone in the expanding universe. So far, despite being able to make it out into space, nobody has been able to find evidence of alien life. Astronomer Jill Tarter predicted that Earth will be able to find alien life by the end of the century.
There still hasn't been any evidence of alien life discovered yet.
By The End Of The Century
Jill Tarter is known for her work with SETI Institute, which stands for search for extraterrestrial intelligence. On Saturday, March 24, Tarter spoke at the Florida Institute of Technology's Cross-Cultural Management Summit in Orlando as the closing speaker. Tarter stated that she believes humans will find life beyond Earth by the end of this century.
She believes that it will be right here in Earth's solar system. Tarter adds that scientists will be able to find biomarkers on planets and moons. There are signs that there is or may have been life in some places at some points.
Tarter refers to the search for extraterrestrial life as an ancient question that scientists have been trying to answer for a very long time. She referred to the fact that there are more planets than stars in the Milky Way, thanks to the research done by the Kepler space telescope.
A Cosmic Perspective
Tarter's address is called A Cosmic Perspective: Searching For Aliens, Finding Ourselves. She is going to be delivering 75 speeches regarding the search for alien life in order to fundraise upgrades for the Allen Telescope Array. Scientists have been able to find new planets through the galaxy by using it to look for life in 20,000 nearby stars.
Those upgrades will allow the Allen Telescope Array to have better receivers that are more sensitive than the ones found at the moment. Currently, work is done on half of the feeds, according to Tarter after her speech.
Tarter added that the SETI Institute will be installing the first prototypes of the Laser SETI at the Lick Observatory near San Jose, California. Laser SETI is a project to install specialized cameras throughout the world to search for laser flashes from deep space.
She added that the goal is to build a series of 96 cameras that are placed in 12 sites around the globe. They will be able to work in optical and infrared, the cameras will be looking up at the skies at all times.