When will future space telescopes be able to penetrate the vastness of space and give us the news of life on other planets?

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  • 10 months ago
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    We are almost there now. Telescopes that can block a stars light and focus on the dot that is a planet can analyze the spectrum of light to look for gases like oxygen or methane.

  • 10 months ago

    my prediction is banks of telescopes will be constructed in depth and width out on space free from clouds of gas that otherwise obstruct clearer views of wayyy out there,we would then be able to view planets directly

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    10 months ago


    there is nothing that can "penetrate". Telescopes RECEIVE electromagnetic waves, and those all travel the same mere 300.000 km/s

  • 10 months ago

    Plenty of life right here on Earth. Waste of good time and money embarking on a hopeless and pointless search for it anywhere else. What exactly are we supposed to actually DO if it is ever detected? Cartwheels?

    But future telescopes such as the JWST (assuming anyone has balls enough to risk launching a ten billion dollar payload) should be able to see back further to near the beginning of the universe, see the structures of distant galaxies, study the infrared signature of pulsars, nebulae and distant planets. All very exciting stuff.

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  • 10 months ago

    The new Webb telescope is very promising, but for ET life?  "IF" it is even out there, it is so far away, you won't be finding it with any telescope.

    There are moss piggies now living on the moon, we keep looking, maybe we will find more on asteroids or comets. So far, the only known life to survive such harsh environments.

    You need a microscope, not a telescope to find them, but probably sharing your bed with you.

  • 10 months ago

    Vastness is difficult to meter.

    Voyager 2 is about 14 billion miles from Earth 

    (traveling for 40 years at 40,000 MPH) and just

    now entering the Oort Cloud which will require 

    500 years to penetrate.

    Investigation of our Solar System has yet to reveal 

    life but searching is intense. The next closest Solar system 

    is so far away; that a planet sized object would have 

    less arc width than a water molecule on the moon.

    (Lenses just aren't that good).

    Here's what we have from NASA via Wikipedia:

    "On January 24, 2016, NASA reported that current studies on Mars by Curiosity and Opportunity (the latter now defunct) would be searching for evidence of ancient life, including a biosphere based on autotrophic, chemotrophic or chemolithoautotrophic microorganisms, as well as ancient water, including fluvio-lacustrine environments (plains related to ancient rivers or lakes) that may have been habitable.[1][2][3][4] The search for evidence of habitability, taphonomy (related to fossils), and organic carbon on Mars is now a primary NASA objective.[1] In June 2018, Opportunitywent out of contact after going into hibernation mode in a dust storm."

    Take note that NASA decontaminates re-entering space vehicles 

    on the presumption of extraterrestrial life.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Never, more likely a new device will be developed.

    Maybe the opposite of an Electron Microscope.

    I should expect a collapse of civilization first.

  • 10 months ago


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