A scientist from Harvard University announced the launch of the Galileo project. His mission is to search for alien objects in the solar system, Science reports.
The participants in the project, funded by charitable funds, intend to investigate satellites, near-Earth objects, interstellar bodies of natural or artificial origin, and, possibly, UFOs. They will use both existing and planned telescopes. One of them: the Vera Rubin Observatory, which is planned to be launched in 2023.
Constant observation will allow you to identify unusual objects earlier. Accordingly, astronomers will have more time to study them.
Thus, the interstellar asteroid Oumuamua was studied for only two months. Later he left the field of view of the telescopes.
The initiator of the Galileo project, theoretical astrophysicist Avi Loeb, believes that the asteroid was an alien ship. The scientific community was skeptical about his findings, but noted that the solar system monitoring project itself would be useful.
At the moment, it is known about two interstellar objects that flew past the Sun: this is the asteroid Oumuamua and the comet Borisov. Scientists hope that in the future they will be able to discover new bodies from outer space and obtain unique material for scientific analyzes.
The Galileo project also plans to search for alien artifacts, and in the immediate vicinity of the Earth. Earlier, the director of US National Intelligence said that the military and intelligence had reported 144 UFO sightings. The project participants intend to obtain high-quality images of flying objects in order to establish their nature. The third goal of the project is to search for extraterrestrial satellites in Earth orbit using artificial intelligence methods to process data from existing survey telescopes.