An international team at Harvard University is launching a new program to discover evidence of alien civilizations through the marks left by their advanced technology.
The Galileo Project is led by Professor Avi Loeb, a controversial popular science writer who claims the Oumuamua interstellar object has never been imaged in more than a single pixel. was an alien spacecraft.
Announcing the project on Monday, the team said it was dedicated to the suggestion that “science should not dogmatically reject potential extraterrestrial explanations.”
Project Galileo will seek and search for evidence of potentially defunct or still active extraterrestrial technology civilizations (ETCs) using astronomical survey data and telescope observations.
New artificial intelligence algorithms will be developed to detect interstellar objects that may be artificial in origin, as well as satellites and unidentified weather events (UAPs) believed to be built by ETCs.
Mention Latest US intelligence report on UAPs“The scientific community now needs the determination to search for potential evidence of extraterrestrial technological equipment in a systematic, scientific and transparent manner,” the project said.
The report, published in June, concluded that there was insufficient evidence to make any claims linking the phenomena to alien civilizations.
Professor Loeb also highlighted the unusual nature of Oumuamua in his Project Galileo announcement, describing the object as having “highly anomalous properties that defy well-understood natural explanations.”
The object was certainly unusual—its orbit suggested it came from outside the solar system, and astronomers detected a non-gravity acceleration in its orbit, something other astronomers have been trying to explain. exotic hydrogen iceberg theory.
Other researchers tried to cool off alien speculation about the object with Coryn Bailer-Jones, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, saying: “In science, we ask ourselves, ‘Where is the evidence?’ We must ask, ‘Where is the lack of evidence so that I can fit any hypothesis I like?’ not.”
Dr Bailer-Jones noted that if the object were an alien spacecraft, the rolling motion of Oumuamua in particular would “make it impossible to hold any instrument facing Earth”.
Mr Loeb described his findings as “purely scientific and evidence-based” and added: “I follow Sherlock Holmes’ maxim: Once you rule out the impossible, everything else, however improbable, must be true.”