‘Silent’ galaxy is proof aliens don’t exist and we’re all alone claims scientist

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The universe may appear “silent and uninhabited” because aliens simply do not exist, according to a top British scientist.

Astrophysicist Professor Geraint Lewis, 51, shocked ET fanatics by saying humans may well be the only lifeforms around.

He spoke out ahead of the planned October launch of the £7.5billion James Webb Space Telescope.

The JWST will allow scientists to see distant planets in new detail and analyse their atmospheres for signs of life.

Welsh-born Geraint, who teaches at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy in Australia, warned alien-hunters may be disappointed.

He said: “Getting the chemistry of an atmosphere doesn’t reveal if there’s life on a planet but it will give a good idea of how harsh or friendly the environment might be.”

The best data so far – from Nasa’s Kepler telescope – led to estimates of 300million habitable planets in our galaxy.

The US Seti Institute – Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – claimed several were likely to be within 30 light years of our solar system.

But Geraint says the chances of humans meeting intelligent life from them remain small.

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He said: “An astronomer’s definition of habitable doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a place you’d want to inhabit.

“The universe appears to be silent and uninhabited – maybe that’s because it simply is.

“We don’t see the obvious signs of a galactic-wide civilisation, such as megastructures or even the remains of ancient, now dead, civilisations.’’

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