There are 100 billion stars in our galaxy. A thousand million. There are 9 known galaxies beyond ours. So there are a trillion stars (that’s ten hundred billion stars) in the discovered universe. The nearest star is over four light years away. The rest are much, or much, much further. A light year is the distance that light can travel in a year at 670 million miles per hour. It could take centuries or eons for a message traveling at the speed of light to reach us, assuming it was properly directed and not deflected along the way.
A trillion stars would support tens of trillions of planets. Would you like to bet against those odds that there is not intelligent life out there somewhere. Are we so unique?