A team of researchers from several nationalities announced a new initiative through which they are seeking to search for evidence of the existence of technologies from outside the planet.
The initiative is to create a global network of medium-sized telescopes, video cameras, photographic equipment and computers to investigate unidentified flying objects.
Professor Avi Loeb said during a press conference that based on recent research showing the presence of many Earth-like planets in our galaxy, “we can no longer ignore the possibility of technological civilizations before ours.”
“The impact that any discovery of extraterrestrial technology could have on science, our technology and our perception of the world as a whole would be enormous,” he added in a statement.
The project has received private funding of $ 1.75 million, and it includes researchers from Harvard, Princeton and Caltech universities in the United States, in addition to the universities of Cambridge, Britain and Stockholm, Sweden.
The announcement comes a month after the Pentagon published a report on UFOs that counted incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2021, in which US intelligence agencies admitted that there was no explanation for more than 140 phenomena, but concluded that all the information collected was still “inconclusive to some extent.” Large”.
“It is not the politicians or the military that should explain what we see in the sky, because they are not scientists. The scientific community has to understand,” said Professor Loeb, who hopes to double funding for his project.
In addition to UFOs, the Galileo project aims to study interstellar objects that pass through our solar system, and search for potential extraterrestrial satellites that monitor our planet.
Avi Loeb sees in this a new branch of astronomy called “space archaeology”, in continuation of the “City” project aimed at searching for forms of extraterrestrial intelligence and seeking to discover radio signals that originate from outside the planet.
The 59-year-old Israeli-American researcher, who has published hundreds of groundbreaking reports and collaborated with the late Stephen Hawking, is the author of a controversial science article suggesting that an interstellar body that briefly passed through our solar system in 2017 could be a solar-powered space probe.
The new project was named after the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was punished in the 17th century for proving that the Earth was not the center of the universe.
Project co-founder Frank Lauqian, a chemistry and biologist at Harvard University, presented himself as a “service skeptic”.
He noted that instead of rejecting ideas in advance, it is necessary to “record the data and interpret it independently, according to scientific methods.”