The Nobel Prize winner in Physics who discovered the first exoplanet says humans will NEVER migrate to a world outside our solar system, calling the idea "completely crazy".
- Michael Mayor, along with his colleague, won the Nobel Prize in Physics
- Mayor wants & # 39; kill & # 39; the idea of migrating to a planet outside the solar system
- Said humans would take a long time traveling to these worlds and it's not realistic
While many scientists are looking for habitable exoplanets, one expert finds the idea "completely crazy."
Swiss award-winning Michael Mayor said humans would never migrate to a planet outside Earth's solar system because it would take "hundreds of millions of days" to reach these distant worlds.
The Nobel Prize winner has suggested that the earth is still habitable as long as humans strive to care for it.
The mayor, along with his colleague, received the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the first exoplanet in 1995.
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Swiss Nobel laureate Michel Mayor said humans would never migrate to a planet outside Earth's solar system because it would take "hundreds of millions of days" to reach these distant worlds. A 51 Pegasi Art Print that was discovered by Mayor and Queloz
"If we are talking about exoplanets, things should be clear: we will not migrate there," the mayor told AFP near Madrid on the sidelines of a conference when asked about the possibility of humans moving to other planets.
These planets are far, far away.
"Even in the very optimistic case of a habitable planet that is not far away, say a few tens of light years, which is not much, it is in the neighborhood, the time to go there is considerable."
Although he, along with Didier Queloz, discovered the first exoplanet, the mayor believes it is important to kill all the statements that say. OK, we will go to a habitable planet if one day life is not possible on Earth & # 39; & # 39 ;.
Professor Michel Mayor (left) and Professor Didier Queloz worked together to discover the planet 51 Pegasi b in 1995, the first to be discovered orbiting a star other than the Milky Way sun. They received the Nobel Prize in Physics last week.
"It's completely crazy," he added.
“We are talking about hundreds of millions of days using the means we have available today. We have to take care of our planet, it is very beautiful and still absolutely livable.
51 Pegasi b is a gaseous ball similar to Jupiter and was discovered by the professors at the Haute-Provence Observatory in southern France in 1995.
“We are talking about hundreds of millions of days using the means we have available today. We have to take care of our planet, it is very beautiful and is still absolutely livable & # 39; explained the mayor (photo)
"It was a very old question that was debated by philosophers: there are other worlds in the universe," said Mayor.
& # 39; We are looking for planets that are closest to us, that may resemble Earth. Together with my colleague, we began this search for planets, showed that it was possible to study them. & # 39;
The mayor said it is up to the "next generation" to answer the question of whether there is life on other planets.
& # 39; We do not know! The only way to do this is to develop techniques that allow us to detect life at a distance, "he said.
Since the discovery, over 4,000 exoplanets have been found – 1,900 of which have been confirmed.
The discovery of Professor Queloz and Professor Mayor is now considered a pivotal moment in astronomy that has changed our understanding of our place in the universe. No planet other than our solar system has been found before.
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