Professor Avi Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University. He is the former chair of the Astronomy Department at Harvard (2011-2020). Professor Loeb is the founding director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation within the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The professor also chairs the advisory committee for the $100 million research and engineering program, Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, which aims to demonstrate a proof of concept for a new technology enabling space flight at 20% the speed of light for a flyby mission to Alpha Centauri. Professor Loeb’s new book is “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.”
During this podcast, Professor Loeb discusses his theory as outlined in his book that an interstellar object dubbed Oumuamua that hurtled through our solar system in 2017 was possibly created by alien intelligence.
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