A senior astronomer has said we will find intelligent alien life within the next 20 years. Seth Shostak, from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, was speaking to Futurism at the Worlds Fair Nano NY, a festival held in New York, when he “bet everybody a cup of coffee” that the existence of intelligent extraterrestrials will be confirmed within the next two decades. The astronomer

said that in the last 20 years, understanding of the cosmos has expanded significantly it is now known just how many planets there are that could host alien life. In the Milky Way there are an estimated 100,000 million stars and 100 billion planets, of which many are considered “potentially habitable”—meaning that they could have the conditions right for life to emerge. Furthermore, NASA recently said there could be 10 times more galaxies in the observable universe than previously thought. READ MORE