if you take into consideration the fact that it only took 63 years to get from human aerial flight to space flight, then only 8 years after that to land on the nearest celestial object, then the planets around most stars we observe could have potentially already had intelligent life achieving the same at the same pace.
And Betelgeuse is very close to the earth. I mean we’re talking light years at best for looking at it, and even then, it’s not like we’re looking at detailed information. Something to strive for, I suppose.
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