, as an adjective
, refers to something that originates, occurs, or is located outside Earth
or its atmosphere
. As a noun
, the term is used to refer to any life form
which comes from outside Earth and its atmosphere.
The term has been widely used in scientific circles for a long time, but was brought to the forefront of public attention by the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, one of the most popular films of all time.