The fact that we still haven’t managed to make contact, or even to encounter an alien civilization, or, at least, an alien species despite the overwhelming odds in its favor is known as the Fermi Paradox. As its name suggests, it’s very hard to imagine why this might be the case.
Perhaps we just haven’t been looking in the right place. Or perhaps “they” haven’t been looking in the right place for us. A new theory suggests that that might be the case. According to a study from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, we might find aliens in the transit zone.
The wrong methods
Currently, the way SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), NASA, and other organizations are looking for alien life is to look at very far away celestial objects. They do this by the shadows that appear when the objects pass in front of their sun. This is what caused the hype related to the “alien megastructure” star KIC 8462852.
Since this is the only way to observe celestial objects other than stars and black holes, it would stand to reason that this is the only Earth can be detected as well. Aliens might have better technology, but they still have to follow the laws of physics.
The team of researchers submitted their theory according to which instead of going on with doing what we’ve done so far – attempting to find aliens and failing – we should be focusing on getting found by extraterrestrials.
The right timing
They suggest doing this by maximizing our chances of being spotted when we ourselves are in the Sun’s transit zone – when we cast a shadow as we are in front of the sun. Of course, with space being infinite and all, we could technically always be in the transit zone, only for different planets.
While it’s impossible to tell if aliens use the same approach to look for what they consider to be aliens, it stands to reason that they too follow the laws of physics. If that’s the case, then it’s very likely that we’ve already been spotted by an intelligent race or two, and their messages towards us are still on their way.
But even more importantly, if we are to focus more on the transit zones of other planets, the chances that we finally encounter alien life would grow significantly. Until then, we’re just stuck wondering why exactly we haven’t managed to encounter any forms of life; that, and reading many disturbing theories on the subject.
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