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LONDON — The creation of a powerful new radio telescope has a UFO expert making a bold prediction of when humans may make contact with aliens.

“I will be controversial and give you an exact year of when I believe first confirmation of contact will be made and that is 2024,” Nick Pope said, according to Jagran Post.

Pope is a former official from the British Defense Ministry’s UFO Project.

He said he based his guess on the completion of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a device scientists say will be 50 times more sensitive and survey the sky 10,000 times faster than any existing telescope.

According to Jagran Post, SKA’s development is expected to begin in 2016 and “if everything goes according to plan” it will be operational in 2024.

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