The 1.8 Gigayear Planet Orbiting an Ancient Dying Star –“Hotspot for Advanced Life”

White Dwarf Planet

 

If we ever have contact with extraterrestrial life from outside our solar system, it will be intelligent, which may be the only thing we have in common with them. Life on our planet is carbon-based, but argues Oxford evolutionary-biologist Richard Dawkins, it’s not totally out of the question to have it based on silicon – robotic, machines in other words. “So if and when we meet, it’ll also transform our understanding of ourselves and the Universe we live in.”

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