A while ago we had an astronomer named Mr. Gianforte come in and show us a slide show. The presentation was about planets outside our solar system and the search for life on them.
From the slide show I learned that Earth like planets are hard to spot because the glare of the star can block out the planet totally. So one of the only ways to find these planets is to watch the stars very closely and watch for the shadow of a planet to pass by it. Before we could only spot the larger and farther out planets just by looking.
Mr. Gianforte we learned it would take many years to reach the closest solar system to us by space craft of our current technology. Even if we could travel at the speed of light, we may never visit all of the planets out there; it would take just too long. It takes years to travel to some of the planets in our solar system let alone outside of it.
I thank Mr. Gianforte for the very interesting presentation of other worlds. Hopefully in the future we will become more advanced in space travel technology and that we soon discover some other intelligent species.