If you are disappointed that the US military recently classified all videos of their UFO sightings, don’t worry. There are still other ways that the public may learn about alien sightings from a reputable source. One such source is from the Galileo research project at Harvard University.
Scientists have previously focused on looking for alien radio signals
The term “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” is often used to refer to either the practice of radio sensing or any other attempt made by science to identify non-human technological signatures (SETI).
Lockman writing for sciencealert, states that when we use radios to communicate with one another, we produce signals that are quite dissimilar to the type of natural energy you would receive from a star. He continues to write that ‘it is reasonable to assume that extraterrestrials would use the same method for their communications, so our primary focus is on looking for radio signals from fixed points in deep space that do not appear natural.’
In most cases, organizations such as the SETI Institute and Breakthrough Listen take the lead in SETI-related activities.
To this point, several possible detections have been made, but none of them have been verified. Now the hunt for aliens is taking a new path at the Galileo Project in Harvard as it becomes the first scientific research program to search for astro-archaeological artifacts that may prove the existence of aliens.
Impartially evaluating the evidence for the existence of aliens
The Galileo team has consistently tried to bring a rational tone to the conversation regarding the possibility of alien visitation. For instance, the project has publicly committed to testing only hypotheses based on “known physics,” and it has also committed to only analyzing newly collected data.
The project is said to be “agnostic to the outcome,” which means that its sole objective is to collect and analyze data in a dependable and reproducible manner, openly sharing the data and their conclusions that can be tested. The scientific community recognizes and accepts this as routine and standard practice. Still, The Galileo Project is a welcome and much-needed breath of fresh air for anyone who has ever had a genuine interest in ancient aliens.
There are three primary experimental paths within the Galileo Project:
- The project plans to record audio and video of unidentified flying objects, and they have built their equipment that will use infrared, radio, and optical bands simultaneously. They are going to start using it fully soon.
- The project plans to recover the shards of interstellar objects that have crashed into the surface of the Earth, such as CNEOS 2014-01-08, which occurred in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Papua New Guinea (the Pentagon only recently declassified this object before a reversal in government policy about sharing Military UFO information) At the time this article was written, an expedition had recently reached its funding goal. The manufacturing of specialized equipment had just started.
- In 2023, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory will be used to search for alien microsatellites that orbit the Earth. To accomplish this goal, new cutting-edge software will need to be developed to detect what is likely to be very small and quickly moving objects that are likely to be moving in irregular orbits. The artificial intelligence will also scour data from satellites made by humans for any nearby alien technological signatures.
How are we most likely to discover aliens?
Lockman considers the likelihood of aliens existing as very high. Lockman wouldn’t be alone in his views. Other researchers, such as Ph.D. student Alberto Caballero have calculated the probability of there even being hostile alien races.
It wouldn’t take much to get scientists excited. Lockman says that it would only take one instance of finding fossilized archaebacteria-like organisms for us to definitively say, “Yes, there are aliens!”… provided that we could locate them in some way. All the digging around on Mars Hellas basin may uncover something like that. Some experts are concerned about the Mars sample return mission if it brings back a virus to Earth.
Considering it took private scientists over eleven years to get hold of a thimble full of Moon soil from NASA that was collected in the original Moon landing, we may not discover anything about possible alien bacteria in the Mars samples anytime soon.
For most of us, we are most likely to discover about aliens on Twitter as Lockman suggests that people who follow the Twitter accounts of @universetoday and the @galileoproject1 are likely to find out news of alien discoveries even before their head of state.