The Universe Is Apparently A Crowded Place

by Irma Arkus

Or so Alan P. Boss says. The theoretical astrophysicist of Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, says that his latest research indicates a “crowded” universe, teeming with life.

Comparing the idea to Rodenberry’s concept of manifold of species, civilisations, Boss contends that his calculations indicate that “there may be 100 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way.”

Discussing abundance of water, recently confirmed on Mars, would imply that quite possibly, the universe as we know it is full of complex and wonderful life.

Recent research supports it too. At University of Edinburgh, recent computer models, calculated new estimates showing Milky Way to contain over 360 civilisations.

The question that many pose is why we haven’t detected life, or more importantly, intelligent life. The better question would be, however, why we haven’t looked further for one. According to Boss, the universe is so crowded that we’re bound to do so, one way or another, and his new book The Crowded Universe, explores the importance of the search and the find.

Boss is also working on Kepler: the first NASA’s mission to locate Earth-like planets. Launching on March 5th, the Kepler is to identify those planets that are close enough to sun to keep water in a liquid state, a pre-condition for development of life.