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Astronomer analyzes 500 planets, says alien life impossible

January 26, 2011Comments 5 comments

The Telegraph reports:

Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard, made the claim that we are alone in the universe after an analysis of the 500 planets discovered so far showed all were hostile to life.

Dr Smith said the extreme conditions found so far on planets discovered outside our Solar System are likely to be the norm, and that the hospitable conditions on Earth could be unique.

I don’t know, is the statistical data really sufficient to reach such a conclusion? (link to full article)

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  1. What a maroon!

  2. Lulz, impossible to humans of course, but then again, aliens are not humans. They might breath ammonium or they might not breath at all, they might only survive in -400 degrees or in +1000 degrees. We do not know.

  3. for one last I heard they still have trouble detecting earth sized planets. Then we have some scientists still speculating that life might exist on Titan. Finally 500 planets doesn’t sound like a sample to derive sound conclusions from for the whole universe.

  4. Exactly what curzen said, you can’t base your evidence off of 500 planets. Thats like asking 500 people if they like chocolate cake, and the first 500 you ask happen to not like chocolate cake, then what?Nobody likes chocolate cake then? The next 500 planets may very well like chocolate cake…

  5. I totally agree with curzen. Alfredo also has an amazing point which many people, especially astronomers do not open their minds to.

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