Hamptons Observatory Lecture Explores Extraterrestrial Life

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Discussions of extraterrestrial life and UFOs are no longer the business of crackpots and mobs wearing tinfoil hats since the US intelligence community released its shocking (to some) UFO report in 2021 , but some scientists have been looking very seriously for life on other planets for decades. The Hamptons Observatory is participating in this burning conversation with a free and must-see virtual conference, The Galileo project: in search of technological interstellar objects featuring 2021 bestselling author Dr. Avi Loeb Extraterrestrial: the first sign of intelligent life beyond Earth and director of Harvard’s new Galileo project, Tuesday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m.

Dava Sobel, award-winning science writer and East Hampton resident (Galileo’s Daughter, The world of glass) will feature Dr. Loeb and his presentation, which is co-hosted by BookHampton.

Dr. Loeb will talk about the search for extraterrestrial life and the evidence supporting the idea that some interstellar objects, like Oumuamua, which passed through our solar system in 2017, could be technology from another civilization. As he points out in Extraterrestrial“Overall, about a quarter of the 200 billion stars in our galaxy orbit planets that are just as habitable as Earth. … Given so many worlds — 50 billion in our own galaxy! — with similar favorable conditions for life, it’s very likely that intelligent organisms evolved elsewhere, and that only counts the habitable planets in the Milky Way.

Announced last summer, Harvard’s Galileo project is an unprecedented effort in “space archaeology” that will use powerful telescopes to scour the universe for extraterrestrial technological relics and physical evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations, while remaining transparent. on what they discover. The project also has a division tasked with examining how possible (or hypothetical) discoveries validating extraterrestrial life might impact society here on Earth.

“We’ve all wondered about the existence of other life in the universe — it’s a mystery that has intrigued us all,” said Hamptons Observatory executive director Donna L. McCormick. “Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Loeb and the creation of the Galileo project at Harvard University, we now have reason to be confident that we will soon have answers.”

In addition to having written eight books and nearly 1,000 scientific papers, and being director of the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, among other titles, the good faith of Dr. Loeb includes the discovery of the very first interstellar object (an astronomical object not gravitationally bound to a star – in this case a meteor) in 2014 with his graduate student Amir Siraj, and being named among Weather magazine’s “25 Most Influential People in Space” in 2012.

Learn more about the Galileo project at projects.iq.harvard.edu/galileo/home.

Registration is required for this conference and available now via hamptonsobservatory.org/events or via the events section on bookhampton.com.

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