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More than 30 intelligent civilizations can exist in our galaxy

Scientists are sure that there are more than 30 alien civilizations on distant planets with which one could establish contact.

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A group of researchers from the University of Nottingham (UK) conducted a corresponding study and concluded that 36 extraterrestrial civilizations can be contacted in our galaxy. The results of the study were published in The Astrophysical Journal.

The team of scientists, led by professor of astrophysics Christopher Conselice, came to this conclusion, believing that intelligent life is formed on other planets in much the same way as on Earth.

“Our research shows that the search for extraterrestrial intelligent civilizations not only reveals an understanding of how life is formed, but also gives us clues about how long our civilization will last,” said Conselice.

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Professor Conselice continues: “Our new research suggests that searches for extraterrestrial intelligent civilizations not only reveals the existence of how life forms, but also gives us clues for how long our own civilization will last.

“If we find that intelligent life is common then this would reveal that our civilization could exist for much longer than a few hundred years, alternatively if we find that there are no active civilizations in our Galaxy it is a bad sign for our own long-term existence. By searching for extraterrestrial intelligent life — even if we find nothing — we are discovering our own future and fate.”

In their work, astrophysicists proceeded from the “Copernican principle”, based on a philosophical concept used in astronomy, which assumes that the Earth is not the only planet in the Universe on which there can be life.

In addition, scientists were based on the Drake equation, which takes into account seven factors necessary for the development of intelligent life on another planet, taking into account the star and the planet orbiting around it with favorable conditions for life.

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Using mathematical modeling, scientists have determined that there may be about 36 technically advanced civilizations in the Milky Way.

The researchers also took into account in their work that it will take at least 5 billion years to form intelligent life on other planets, that is, almost the same as on Earth.

Therefore, astrophysicists are sure that in our galaxy there should be at least several dozen active intelligent civilizations.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.