The possibility of alien technology allowing travel between stars and galaxies has long engaged the minds of space enthusiasts, even though there is no credible evidence that the technology exists.
An international team of scientists led by a Harvard University professor will search space for evidence that could represent “extraterrestrial technological civilizations”.
The endeavor, dubbed The Galileo Project, is headed by a professor of science in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, Avi Loeb. According to Loeb, the project is aimed at using artificial intelligence to study data from astronomical surveys in a way that would allow the detection of interstellar travelers, alien-built structures, and unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP).
Loeb previously suggested that humans have already encountered examples of alien technology, after an oddball cosmic object, ‘Oumuamua, passed by Earth in 2017 and was identified as a comet or asteroid. In 2020, Loeb was among those who claimed that it could be spacefaring equipment crafted by alien technology.
CC BY 4.0 / ESO/M. Kornmesser / The first interstellar asteroid, `OumuamuaThis artist’s impression shows the first interstellar asteroid, `Oumuamua
The Galileo Project appears to be inspired by ‘Oumuamua, since the work will particularly concentrate on searching and examining “‘Oumuamua-like interstellar objects”, according to the Harvard University website.