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Astronomer to Congress: We can find extraterrestrials in 20 years

Former President Bill Clinton thinks an alien invasion could unite the world, and to hear an astronomer tell it to Congress, we could find extraterrestrial life in the next 20 years — as long as we fork over enough cash to do it.

During a hearing in front of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about the “search for life in the universe,” Dr. Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, along with his colleague, Dr. Dan Werthimer, said finding a real life E.T. isn’t that far-fetched.

“The chances of finding it I think are good and if that happens it will happen in the next twenty years depending on the financing,” Shostak said.

And if we do get aliens in 20 years, they should hope that Pope Francis is still around — because he’ll baptize them, if they ask nicely.

Here’s the full video from the hearing:

h/t: Buzzfeed