An international science team led by the renowned Harvard astronomer on Monday announced a new initiative to search for evidence of technological breakthroughs in supernatural civilizations.
The so-called Galileo Project is designed to create an intermediate telescope, cameras, and computers to test unidentified aircraft, and has so far received $ 1.1 million from private donors.
“We can no longer ignore the fact that technological civilizations are ahead of us,” Professor Avi Lob told reporters at a news conference.
He added: “Any discovery of extraterrestrial technology will have a profound effect on science, our technology and our worldview.”
The project includes researchers from Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, Caltech and the University of Stockholm.
A month after the Pentagon released its report on unidentified weather events, it was stated that their nature was unclear.
“What we see in heaven is not something that politicians or military personnel should interpret, because they are not trained as scientists, to know the scientific community,” said Lob, who hopes to increase the project’s funding tenfold.
In addition to studying UFOs, the Galileo Project seeks to explore our solar system from space and find external satellites that can explore the Earth.
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Lob refers to such research as a new branch of astronomy called “space archeology,” which aims to meet the existing field of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), which examines foreign radio signals.
These efforts will require collaboration with existing and future astronomers, including Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile, which will go online in 2023 and is eagerly awaited by the scientific community.
The 59-year-old Israeli-American published hundreds of papers and collaborated with the late Stephen Hawking. Controversy erupted in 2017 when he suggested that an object that briefly visited our system could have been a solar-powered alien.
He put his arguments in scientific papers and in the book “The Signs of Earthly Intelligence Beyond Earth”, which caused controversy among many in the astronomical community.
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The new project was named after Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was punished for providing key evidence that the earth is not the center of the universe.
Frank Lakien, co-founder of the Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, described the project as “resident skeptical.”
But instead of dismissing the idea altogether, he said, it was important to “scientifically copy and interpret the information.”
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