Scientists led by a prominent astrophysicist at Harvard University in the United States uncover the identity of an unidentified flying object (UFO).
The international academic journal ‘Science’ reported on the 26th (local time) that Abraham (Evie) Loeb, a professor of astronomy at Harvard University, started the ‘Galileo Project’ to find evidence of alien technological civilizations, including UFOs.
This is drawing attention as it comes about a month after the Pentagon, which has been silent about the existence of UFOs for decades, first recognized the existence of UFOs by issuing a nine-page preliminary report and calling them unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). there is.
Prof. Loeb said on the project website, “Now that the US government’s report on UAP has been released, the scientific community needs to systematically, scientifically and transparently look for evidence of extraterrestrial technologies.” “The impact of the discovery of extraterrestrial technologies on science and the worldview of mankind as a whole. will be huge,” he said. Prof. Loeb, a theoretical astrophysicist from Israel, served as the dean of the Department of Astronomy for the longest period in the history of Harvard University from 2011 to last year, and is now the director of the Theory and Computational Research Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In 2012, he was selected as one of the 25 most influential people in space research by ‘Time’, a weekly news magazine, and in 2015, he was selected as the ‘Silicon Valley Nobel Prize’ for the ‘Break Through Award’, which is a science of the Breakthrough Award Foundation. He was also appointed head of theory, and in 2016 led the Black Hole Initiative. At that time, Dr. Stephen Hawking, famous for black hole research, attended the event and became a hot topic. It was in 2018 when Professor Loeb first publicly expressed his position on an extraterrestrial technological civilization. In October 2017, an interstellar object called ‘Oumuamua (meaning ‘scout’ in Hawaiian) was observed. It didn’t even fly in a parabolic orbit like an asteroid, raising the suspicion of astronomers. Some even argued that Omuamua could be an artifact sent by an extraterrestrial higher lifeform to explore the solar system, or UFO.
In 2018, Professor Loeb published a paper that analyzed the characteristics of Omuamua and showed that it is likely an artifact, such as a thin solar sail, accelerated using solar radiation pressure, rather than an ordinary rocky object. And in January of this year, he published a book called Extraterrestrial: First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, claiming that Omuamua could be some sort of spaceflight device made by aliens.
“What we see in the sky is not something for politicians or soldiers to interpret,” Loeb said. “They’re not trained as scientists, so the scientific community has to figure it out.”
Astrophysicists from all over the world, including Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, Cambridge University, and Stockholm University in Sweden, participate in the Galileo Project. The research fund is covered by personal donations, and so far, $1.75 million (about 2 billion won) has been raised.
The Galileo Project, like Omuamua, plans to explore interstellar objects from outside the solar system, conduct telescopic observations to identify UAPs, and use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze data. Prof. Loeb expects that more interstellar objects such as Omuamua will be discovered when the 8.4m-caliber optical telescope ‘LSST’, scheduled to be operated in Chile in 2022, starts operating.
He told ‘Science’, “The 1m-aperture telescope equipped with the latest sensor can observe objects 1km away to the level of 1mm in detail, and such equipment can be purchased for 500,000 dollars (about 570 million won).” “If only the research funds could be met, we would set up 10 of these devices around the world and scan the skies to find UAPs,” he said.
Lee Hyun-kyung, reporter for Donga Science [email protected]
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