Some of our questions about the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial civilizations can be answered by a new international research project led by Harvard University.
The Galileo Project, led by Harvard astronomy professor Avi Loeb, will search for a record of alien civilizations capable of surpassing technology of what we know on Earth. You’ll use telescope observations, missions that send cameras into space, and more..
“Given the recently discovered abundance of Earth and Sun systems, Project Galileo is dedicated to the proposition that humans can no longer ignore the potential existence of Extraterrestrial Technological Civilizations (ETCs),” the team said in a statement.
The project comes on the heels of the government’s report on unspecified atmospheric phenomena and the interstellar object, Oumuamua, which entered our solar system in 2017 as reasons to research and confirm the existence of ETCs.
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Loeb told USA TODAY that the idea of the project is that “in the future, we will find more objects from interstellar space, and those that look strange should follow up by sending a camera on a space rocket that approaches them and takes a close-up of them.”
He added that the project would allow scientists to take another look at UFOs in space after the government’s report was released last month.
“Those military and politicians who talk about these unidentified weather phenomena have not been trained by scientists, and it’s more like asking a plumber to make a cake for you,” Loeb told USA TODAY. “We shouldn’t ask them to find out what objects in the sky are. That’s the job of scientists.”
The team, which includes professors from Princeton, Cambridge and Stockholm universities, will study current and future astronomical surveys combined with artificial intelligence to identify interstellar objects that challenge current scientific interpretations.
The data collected will be publicly available, and the team said the process will be transparent.
Loeb noted that the project may not find groundbreaking evidence for interstellar objects, but explained that the research would still help scientists understand other “atmospheric phenomena.”
“It’s just a fishing trip,” he said. “You don’t know what you’re going to find, and I don’t want to make any assumptions.”
But he still described the project as “one of the most fascinating questions science can address.”
“It will have enormous implications for society and humanity,” Loeb said. “If we find evidence of a smarter child on our cosmic mass, it will change the way we think about our place in the universe, and our relationships with each other,” he said.
“If we close the shutters and say ‘We don’t have neighbours’. We are the smartest, and give me extraordinary clues before I’m ready to look through my window, ‘we shall remain ignorant, just like in the days of Galileo.’
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: A Project Seeks to Lead Harvard on UFOs and Alien Civilizations