Humanity wants to make contact with alien life sooner than you think,
Nobel Prize winner professor Didier Queloz says he's convinced he's not alone in the universe and that he believes we could find
The Swiss astronomer, 53, works at the University of Cambridge and is one of three scientists to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics this week.
Speaking in London on Tuesday, he said: "I can not believe we are the only living entity in the universe.
Queloz added that he's certain alien life wants to have been detected from Earth within the next century.
However, it is known that it may be capable of detecting biochemical activity on distant planets.
Currently, scientists know of a number of so-called exoplanets ̵
A machine that detects biochemical activity from afar would grant experts the ability to find life at great distances.
Queloz split this year's Nobel for physics with colleague and fellow Swiss Professor Michel Mayor.
They were honored for finding an exoplanet that orbits a sun -like star.
Mayor and Queloz started a revolution in astronomy when they discovered 51 Pegasi B, a gaseous ball comparable to Jupiter, in 1995.
The Mayor recalled, "no
That's the first step in our search for 'Are we alone?' "said astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger, director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University.
"We have 200 billion people out there in our galaxy alone, so I like our chances," Kaltenegger said.