Michel Mayor, 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, visits CAB


Michel Mayor at the CAB's Planetary Environment Simulation Laboratory. ©P.Schez-Narrillos (UCC-CAB)

The Centro de Astrobiología has received a very special visit on Wednesday, October 9, that of the newly awarded Nobel Prize in Physics 2019, Michel Mayor. The astrophysicist from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) has come to the CAB to participate in the round table 'Astrobiology outside the Solar System' together with several researchers from the Center. 

Astrobiology is based on investigating the origin, influence and presence of life in the Universe. Related to this last aspect is the science surrounding exoplanets (planets outside our Solar System), booming since in 1995 two Swiss astrophysicists discovered the first planet outside our system orbiting around a type star Solar. These scientists were Michel Mayor and his student Didier Queloz.

24 years after this discovery, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded them the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with physicist James Peebles", for their contribution to understanding the evolution of the universe and the place of the Earth in the cosmos."

Since Major and Queloz discovered Pegasi 51b, more than 4000 exoplanets discovered today and this figure is expected to continue to grow further in the coming years, thanks in part to instruments such as CARMENES (of which the Centro de Astrobiología is one of its members) or to future missions such as CHEOPS or PLATO (both with the participation of the CAB).

As you might expect, Michel Mayor's visit to the CAB has aroused great interest in the national and international media. After attending kindly to all of them, the Nobel Prize opened the round table in which he was accompanied by the researchers of the CAB María Rosa Zapatero Osorio, astrophysics; Ricardo Amils, geo-microbiologist; Eva Mateo, physical-chemistry; and José Antonio Caballero, astrophysicist.

Full round table:


Fuente: UCC-CAB

Fecha: 2019-10-09


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