A team of researchers from several nationalities announced a new initiative through which they are seeking evidence of the existence of technological technologies outside the planet. It builds 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 received private funding of $1.75 million, and it includes researchers from Harvard, Princeton, and Caltech in the United States, in addition to the British Cambridge and Swedish Stockholm universities.
The announcement came a month after the Pentagon published a report on UFOs that counted incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2021, in which the US intelligence services admitted that there was no explanation for more than 140 phenomena. But it concluded that all the information collected was still “largely inconclusive”.
Prof Loeb, who hopes to double his project funding, said: “It is not the politicians or the military who should explain what we see in the sky, because they are not scientists. The scientific community should understand.”
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.
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