Experts firmly believe that alien disclosure is about to happen and it will be finally confirmed that aliens do exist.
With several probes around different planets and a rover on Mars, experts are hopeful that 2017 could finally be the year that humans discover life on other worlds.
Scientists were excited earlier this year when strange signals were detected from deep space.
While many experts state that it is likely to be another false alarm, there is hope that significant news will arise from it either way.
Doctor Simon Foster, a physicist from Imperial College London, told Express.co.uk: “In the past, when we thought we had discovered aliens previously, it was a new form of star called the pulsar.
“We don’t know hardly anything and when we come up against something we don’t know or doesn’t fit into out current understanding, it is quite nice to say that it could be aliens, whereas a lot of it is just a phenomena that we haven’t discovered.
“Either way there is a breakthrough just around the corner.”
However, with probes currently orbiting Jupiter and Saturn, there is optimism that next year could finally be the year that life on another planet or moon will be discovered.
Cassini, the probe currently studying Saturn and its moons, is the most likely to yield results, says Dr Foster.
The physicist explained that with the Cassini mission set to end next September, it could lead to a startling discovery.
He stated: “What’s interesting is that one of [Saturn’s] moons, Enceladus, is an icy moon and that leaves the tantalising prospect of looking for life.
“The concentration has been on Mars, and I think moons like Enceladus and Europa, there is a good prospect of finding life – microbial that is.”
Back on Earth however, things are set to heat up – literally.
Doctor Chris Smith, of Cambridge University who is presenter of the podcast The Naked Scientists, told Express.co.uk that next year should be the year we focus on climate change.
He said: “What we saw in 2016 was the biggest, brightest, hottest, wettest, all of the superlatives attached to climate-type words that we’ve seen. I think 2016 broke more records than we have seen in any other year.
“It wasn’t necessarily the most extreme, but the average was higher than it has ever been for a lot of things and I suspect this trend is not going to reverse anytime soon so we will probably see more of this in 2017.
“I think people will put a lot more emphasis on this because they will start to look at this emerging picture and go ‘gosh, we really need to think about this’.”
Dr Foster agreed: “I think in the near future, we are going to see a rapid escalations of the problems.”
But, he says, a lot of the responsibility lies on the shoulders of no other than the next President of the United States.
And Dr Foster says that he may actually be the man to take it forward, despite being critical of global warming in the past.
Dr Foster says: “I think when he gets in he will be different. Because from a business point of view, he is going to look at things like hurricanes and how they’ll affect America, so you are going to get more intense and frequent and people are losing their homes and businesses are being ruined by this, he is a businessman and that will cost you tax.
“I think he will take a more pragmatic view on this.”
Another thing that should come under intense scrutiny next year is the population boom.
With more than seven billion people on this planet and this number rising dramatically, scientists say we need to tackle this sooner rather than later.
Dr Smith said: “We were talking about a population of nine billion by 2050, and in the last 18 months, the estimates have been hiked up to worst case scenario 12 billion by 2050. But that is almost double what we have now within our lifetimes.
“If you think about how busy the roads are, how crowded the planet is, how quickly we are recking the environment with half that amount of people, what is it going to be like with 12 billion people? I just don’t think the planet can take it to be honest.
“I am a medical doctor so I’m in the business of helping people have a healthier life, but we also have to think about the health of the planet and not going ‘business as usual’, and burying our head in the sand.
“If all we do is keep building houses and keep pushing farming to the intensive limit, is literally looking the other way while there is a juggernaut surging towards you.”
However, it is not easy anticipating what might come next year.
As Dr Smith stated: “It’s like Niels Bohr said: ‘Predictions are really hard, especially when it is about the future’. No one knows what is coming which why it is exciting.”