He has raised $1.7 million in private funding to launch something he calls the Galileo Project, an initiative to bring the rigor of experimental science to ufology. Loeb’s plan is to use a telescope now under construction, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, to study interstellar objects that come into our solar system. Although academe may dismiss the Galileo Project as nothing more than pandering to a gullible public, such prejudice is unhelpful and myopic. Its orbit tells us that it comes not from the outer reaches of our own solar system, but from somewhere else in the galaxy. So, it’s at least possible that we are being visited, and the Galileo Project says it will perform observations to check that out.