This week, Dr Ian O’Neill from Discovery’s Seeker.com returns to the show to talk about the scientific likelihoods of alien invasions such as those in the movies actually coming to pass. Are events in movies like Independence Day: Resurgence are pure Hollywood fiction or even slightly grounded in reality?
As the space science producer for Discovery News, which just launched on the new Seeker.com, and with a Ph.D in Solar Physics and an M.Phys in Astrophysics, Dr. Ian O’Neill has a special love for solar physics, space exploration and investigating the inner workings of our universe.
Although alien invasions have long been a fixture of Hollywood movies and TV shows, are we beginning to see increasing scientific evidence that suggests the likelihood of life on other planets?
Just last month, NASA announced a major scientific breakthrough with the discovery of 1,284 new planets outside the Solar System. Among those are dozens of potentially habitable worlds the same size as Earth, orbiting a star similar to our sun. And in April, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan was quoted as saying, “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.”
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