What You'll Learn:
On the night of October 19, 2017, the waves cradling the coast of the Haleakalā Observatory in Hawaii glowed yellow as the sky broke into a bright, pulsing light—or, not so much. While the first glimpse of an interstellar neighbor provokes expectations of flying saucers, probing lasers, and small, oddly disproportionate people asking you to take them to your leader, the appearance of ‘Oumuamua was nothing of the sort. Despite provocative evidence that our quiet visitor is in fact a glimmer of extraterrestrial intelligence, the scientific community is apprehensive to entertain this paradigm-shifting possibility. Acclaimed astrophysicist and Harvard professor, Avi Loeb defies the academic crowd to encourage an evidence-based search for extraterrestrial intelligence, a humbling inquiry that may change the nature of science itself.