Here's the reality: we are confusing the Earth and any distant ideas for colonizing another orb when we are done with our own are desirable. This is according to Michelle Major, an astrophysicist who this year co-won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the first planet orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system.
"If we are talking about exoplanets, things should be clear: we will not migrate there," he told Agence France-Presse (AFP). He said he felt the need to "kill all the allegations that say, 'OK "We will go to a viable planet if one day life is not possible on Earth."
All known exoplanets or planets outside our solar system are too far to travel, he said. "Even in a very optimistic case on a moving planet that is not too far away, say a few dozen light years, which is not it's very much, it's in the neighborhood, the passage time is considerable, "he added.
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Mayor shared half of the Nobel Prize this year, together with Didier Keloz to open the first exoplanet in October 1
Stephen Kane, professor of planetary astrophysics at the University of California at Riverside, agrees with the mayor. "The sad reality is that at this point in human history, all stars are effectively at a distance from infinity," Kane told Live Science. "We fight very hard as a species to reach the Earth's moon."
We may be able to send humans to Mars in the next 50 years, but "I would be very surprised if humanity reached Jupiter's orbit within the next few centuries," he said. Because the distance to the nearest a star outside our solar system is about 70,000 times greater than the distance to Jupiter, "all stars are effectively out of range."
Well, it could be said, many things seemed inaccessible until we reached them, such as sending planes But in this case, the necessary physics for reaching the stars, if any, is unknown to us, and it would require a fundamental change in our understanding of the relationship between mass, acceleration and energy. "
" So where we stand is firmly on Earth and unlikely to change for for a very, very long time, "he said.
The mayor told AFP:" We have to take care of our planet, it is very beautiful and still absolutely viable. "
Andrei Fraknoy, chairman of the college astronomy department Foothill, California, agreed that we would not be able to travel to these stars in the near future. coming. But "I would never say that we can never reach the stars and possible habitable planets," he said. "Who knows how our technology will evolve after another million years of evolution."
Originally published in Live Science.