The search for life beyond our planet has captivated many a budding astronomer and sci-fi enthusiast, but have we been asking the right questions when it comes to looking for extraterrestrial life?

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To start, should we be looking for alien life?

Is it smart to be looking for other living creatures in space? And even if we are only on a search for a planet similar to Earth, what would happen if other life forms are residing there already?

Take a look at this TED-Ed video with an open mind, and see for yourself how you feel about making contact with extraterrestrials.

Via: TED-Ed 1

What story will we tell ourselves about the future of space exploration?

Malicious beings could destroy what we’ve spent centuries creating, but friendly creatures could help further our society, show us new technologies, and teach us what they know about the universe. What if aliens happen to know the cure to cancer!

It’s easy to start imagining endless possibilities, especially when they could help our community. But we also have to be realistic. Humans have been on Earth for thousands of years, wouldn’t the aliens have attacked or come to form an alliance by now?

When we look up at the stars, could there be another soul somewhere in the Milky Way looking at the same constellation? That’s the unexplained question nagging at astronomers minds. Maybe it will be answered soon…

Be understanding, be passionate, be joyous. But most of all, be yourself.

-Bethany

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

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Notes:

  1. “Should We Be Looking for Life Elsewhere in the Universe? – Aomawa Shields.” YouTube. TED-Ed, 25 July 2016. Web. 22 Aug. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgLO10cUC1M>.

Bethany is an editing and writing intern at Ever Widening Circles.