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Astronomers say they are on the verge of finding planets like Earth orbiting other stars, a key step in determining if we are alone in the universe.

A top Nasa astronomer and other leading scientists say that within four or five years they should discover the first Earth-like planet where life could develop, or may have already.

A planet close to the size of Earth could even be found this year if preliminary hints from a new space telescope pan out.

At the annual American Astronomical Society conference in Washington this week, each discovery involving so-called "exoplanets" - those outside our solar system - pointed to the same conclusion: quiet planets like Earth where life could develop are probably plentiful, despite a violent universe of exploding stars, crushing black holes and colliding galaxies.

Nasa's new Kepler telescope and a wealth of new research from the suddenly hot and competitive exoplanet field generated noticeable buzz at the convention.

Scientists are talking about being at "an incredible special place in history" and closer to answering a question that has dogged humanity since the beginning of civilisation.

"The fundamental question is: are we alone? For the first time, there's an optimism that sometime in our lifetimes we're going to get to the bottom of that," said Simon "Pete" Worden, an astronomer who heads Nasa's Ames Research Centre.

"If I were a betting man, which I am, I would bet we're not alone -- there is a lot of life."

Even the Roman Catholic Church has held scientific conferences about the prospect of extraterrestrial life, including a meeting last November.

Black holes are where God divided by zero.
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- Rabbie   Nasa   8th Jan 2010, 11:28am
- - TeeHeeHee   It's obvious that there are exoplanets which s...   8th Jan 2010, 02:41pm
|- - Rabbie   QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 8th Jan 2010, 02:39pm)...   8th Jan 2010, 10:27pm
- - Rab   'Even the Roman Catholic Church has held scien...   8th Jan 2010, 04:10pm
- - weemagreegur   Ah hope there is a god that keeps mankind well an ...   8th Jan 2010, 04:46pm
|- - Alex MacPhee   QUOTE (weemagreegur @ 8th Jan 2010, 04:44...   8th Jan 2010, 10:14pm
|- - Rab   QUOTE (Alex MacPhee @ 8th Jan 2010, 10:12...   9th Jan 2010, 01:54am
||- - TeeHeeHee   QUOTE (Rab @ 9th Jan 2010, 02:52am) Alex....   9th Jan 2010, 02:19am
|||- - Tam blair   QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 9th Jan 2010, 02:17am)...   9th Jan 2010, 03:49am
|||- - Rab   QUOTE (Tam blair @ 9th Jan 2010, 03:47am)...   9th Jan 2010, 12:33pm
|||- - Tam blair   QUOTE (Rab @ 9th Jan 2010, 12:31pm) You T...   9th Jan 2010, 08:24pm
||- - Alex MacPhee   QUOTE (Rab @ 9th Jan 2010, 01:52am) Alex....   9th Jan 2010, 12:48pm
|- - weemagreegur   QUOTE (Alex MacPhee @ 8th Jan 2010, 11:12...   11th Jan 2010, 08:17pm
|- - Alex MacPhee   QUOTE (weemagreegur @ 11th Jan 2010, 08:1...   11th Jan 2010, 09:20pm
- - Rab   Can't wait!   9th Jan 2010, 05:54pm
- - weemagreegur   Last wan first. Dae ye kno o any religon that admi...   13th Jan 2010, 02:30pm
- - weemagreegur   You are right,Alex, the practice of christianity h...   13th Jan 2010, 05:34pm
- - TeeHeeHee   Weemagreegur, ye remin' me o' that wee joo...   14th Jan 2010, 12:22am
- - weemagreegur   Och, ah'm as curious as any aboot how we got h...   14th Jan 2010, 10:48am
- - Rab   Funny that weemacgregor. As an aside:: My doctor o...   15th Jan 2010, 08:53pm
- - Rabbie   We are here due to atomic, biological, chemical pr...   16th Jan 2010, 09:27am
|- - kerry4652   QUOTE (Rabbie @ 16th Jan 2010, 10:25am) W...   16th Jan 2010, 04:09pm
|- - Rabbie   QUOTE (kerry4652 @ 16th Jan 2010, 04:07pm...   16th Jan 2010, 04:51pm
|- - kerry4652   QUOTE (Rabbie @ 16th Jan 2010, 05:49pm) A...   16th Jan 2010, 05:09pm
|- - Rabbie   QUOTE (kerry4652 @ 16th Jan 2010, 05:07pm...   16th Jan 2010, 10:48pm
- - TeeHeeHee   .... or cos a wee sodjer came hame on leave !   16th Jan 2010, 12:00pm
|- - Rabbie   QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 16th Jan 2010, 11:58am...   16th Jan 2010, 01:44pm
- - TeeHeeHee   Aye, Rabbie. Ye'll find me in the corner in th...   17th Jan 2010, 02:21am
- - Rab   RE: Nasa   17th Jan 2010, 09:55pm
- - Rabbie   Poor sowel, too much créme de meths?   17th Jan 2010, 10:04pm
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