25 Jan '11, 2am

A leading astronomer says that we are utterly alone in the universe, calling other intelligent life 'unlikely'

A leading astronomer says that we are utterly alone in the universe, calling other intelligent life 'unlikely'

This photo provided by Nasa and taken in 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a cluster of diverse galaxies. A leading astronomer has said that we are utterly alone in the universe. -- PHOTO: AP A LEADING astronomer has said that we are utterly alone in the universe. The claim that there is no other form of life in the universe is likely to upset pro-alien theorists and those who dream of an encounter with an intelligent being from another planet. 'We have found that most other planets and solar systems are wildly different from our own,' Dr Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard University, said in an interview with The Daily Mail, a British newspaper. Astronomers have so far found a total of 500 planets in distant solar systems and believe billions of others exist. However, Dr Smith said that many of these planets are either too close to their sun or too fa...

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