Harvard professor Avi Loeb has always been an advocate for investing more time and effort in the study and observation of UFOs. This time, he has come up with an ambition to collect a “high-resolution image” of a UFO within the next couple of years.
“I really want the next generation to be free to discuss it, and for it to become part of the mainstream,” Loeb told The Guardian in an interview. “My hope is that by getting a high-resolution image of something unusual, or finding evidence for it, which is quite possible in the coming year or two, we will change it.”
His book “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” stated that an interstellar object that traversed through our solar system in 2017 may have been an alien probe instead of a regular space rock. At that time, his colleagues and other people thought of UFOs as a figment of the imagination of the conspiracy theorists.
“The scientific community can address a topic even if other people address it in a way that is not scientific and doesn’t make much sense,” he said.
Loeb heads the Galileo Project, in which a team of more than 100 scientists is building a network of advanced telescopes to scan the skies for extraterrestrials. Loeb’s first telescope will begin operation from the roof of the Harvard college observatory this summer, equipped with infrared cameras rolling 24/7, a radio sensor, an audio sensor, and a magnetometer to detect non-visual objects.
“We’re taking a road not taken so there may be low hanging fruit, that nobody else picked because it was not taken,” Loeb told the Guardian.
Loeb hopes that these images he aims to collect in two years will inspire the new scientists to dedicate their research to the cause as they will be more open than the older scientists in the field.