Astrophysicist says life on other planets could be found within the next 25 years

(ORDO NEWS) — Finding life on planets outside the solar system has a chance in the next 25 years, says astrophysicist Sascha Kanz from ETH Zurich.

He announced this at a press conference on the opening of the Center for the study of the origin and prevalence of life at the School.

“In 1995, my colleague and Nobel laureate Didier Queloz discovered the first planet outside our solar system. Today, more than 5,000 exoplanets are known, and we discover them every day, ”said Kantz.

Many more exoplanets are waiting to be discovered as astronomers believe that each of the more than 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy has at least one planet orbiting it, he explained.

This yields a huge number of exoplanets, many of which Kantz says are similar to Earth and at just the right distance from their host stars to provide conditions for life, such as the presence of liquid water.

“A period of 25 years for the discovery of life is quite real. There are no guarantees of success, but in the process of research we will learn a lot of new things, ”Kants said.

In particular, it is important to gain a deeper understanding of the elements necessary for the development of life, chemical reactions and environmental conditions that contribute to its formation. This will determine the priorities for research on stars and planets in the future.


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