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Scientists Searched 100,000 Galaxies For a ‘Supercivilization’

Scientists come up empty-handed in their search for a "supercivilization," but researchers remain hopeful.

Hello, Universe? Is anyone else out there?


It’s a question mankind has been asking for generations — are we alone? It’s hard to think that with the limitless possibilities for worlds out there that we are unique. But after searching 100,000 galaxies for waste and heat signatures that would be emitted by advanced lifeforms, scientists have turned up empty-handed. However, astronomer Jason Wright, who began to search the cosmos, isn’t deterred.

In an interview with Maddie Stone from Motherboard, he said:

“This is a pilot project, and I would have been stunned to see aliens using all of the starlight in a galaxy somewhere.”

Wright’s project is all part of a large study in the search for intelligent life that has appeared in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. But not just any form of life, life that contains a Kardashev Type III supercivilization. For reference, we aren’t even considered a Type I civilization on this scale — a civilization that utilizes all the planet’s available resources. So, yeah. He’s searching for life that’s more intelligent than us.

Michio Kaku predicts we’ll reach Type I civilization in 100 to 200 years, and Type II in a few thousand. Type II would be humanity’s ability to harness the power of our own sun. As it stands, Kaku believes there’s an efficiency problem with solar energy:


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