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Swiss Exoplanet Discoverers Mayor and Queloz Awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

15 Oct 2019, 07:25 UTC
Swiss Exoplanet Discoverers Mayor and Queloz Awarded Nobel Prize for Physics
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Exoplanet discovered by Nobel Laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. (Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesset/N. Rissinger — skysurvey.org)

Their discovery of the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b in 1995 spawned a revolution in astronomy.The Search for exoplanets is becoming increasingly important at DLR.The two ESA missions CHEOPS (2019) and PLATO (2026) will focus on Earth-like planets.Focus: astronomy, exploration, search for exoplanets, astrobiology

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — The discovery of the first exoplanet almost 25 years ago changed our perception of the origin and evolution of the Universe and challenged the uniqueness of our own Solar System. Today, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and other organisations are using new techniques and instruments on ESA missions such as CHEOPS and PLATO to set their sights even higher – the hunt for a second Earth.

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 will be awarded with one half to James Peebles for his work on structure formation in the early Universe, and the other half to the two Geneva-based astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, for their discovery of the first exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star.

Their 1995 publication, ‘A Jupiter-mass companion to a solar-type ...

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