Updated: Oct 24
Are there intelligent alien civilizations capable of building technologies that can travel through the cosmos? A new international project is underway to find out. An international team of astrophysicists has recently announced a new scientific project to look for evidence of potential alien artifacts made by extinct or existing extraterrestrial technological civilizations. It is being called the Galileo Project.
The Galileo Project – What is it?
The Galileo Project is a multi-million-dollar project led by Avi Loeb, helmed by a multi-institutional team of scientists. The purpose of this project is to look for and study the evidence of still-active or defunct “extraterrestrial technological civilizations.”
The Galileo Project is going off of the assumption that aliens exist and they have developed an intelligent civilization that is capable of building advanced interstellar technology that would be detectable by our astronomers. The project is described as “complementary to traditional SETI” by its team.
Oumuamua was the first interstellar visitor to our solar system (that we know of), and it is said that it won’t be the last. The Galileo Project has many research branches. One of these branches will focus on developing strategies for tracking objects like Oumuamua, from space, and from ground-based telescopes.
How Will it Work?
The primary purpose of the project is to transform the search for aliens from “accidental” discoveries to a scientific, systematic, research-based effort. The project has three major aims:
• Capture images of UAPs via a network of high-resolution, mid-sized telescopes and detector arrays.
• Look for other interstellar objects that are similar to Oumuamua.
• Look for small satellites from extraterrestrial technological civilizations that may be exploring our planet.
To do all of these, the project will use exclusively designed equipment. According to Loeb, this equipment will include several telescope systems around the globe. Each and every telescope system will have two 10-inch telescopes with cameras connected to a computer that will filter the received data. Apart from this, the Galileo Project will also use data from current and upcoming survey telescopes, such as the 8-meter Vera C. Rubin Observatory that is being built in Chile.
A New Hunt for Alien Objects Begins
The Galileo Project takes its name from the famous Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). He used telescopes of his own design to observe various celestial objects, leading to some amazing discoveries, e.g., the four moons of Jupiter, Saturn’s rings, and lunar craters.
Galileo’s research and observations also confirmed the then-controversial belief of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus that Earth, along with all the other planets in the solar system, orbited the sun instead of everything rotating around Earth. According to project representatives, should the Galileo Project discover any scientific evidence of alien technology, the impacts would reshape our perception of the cosmos, similar to what Galileo’s discoveries did centuries ago.
Whether or not the Galileo Project will ultimately settle the question about the existence of intelligent extraterrestrials (and their supposed technological capabilities) remains to be seen. But actively looking for such physical evidence significantly improves the likelihood of finding the first examples of alien tech.