Stephen Hawking says the Earth will become a sizzling fireball

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Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

E7NMBX Professor Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA,

Famous physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the human race will perish on Earth after we turn it into a sizzling fireball in less than 600 years

and humanity will become extinct

He declared that humans must “boldly go where no one has gone before” if we fancy continuing our species for another million years.

The world will become overcrowded and increased energy consumption will turn the planet into a ball of fire because of our soaring energy consumption as the population rises.

Making a video appearance at the Tencent WE Summit in Beijing on Sunday, Hawking appealed to investors to back his plans to travel to the closest star outside of our solar system, with the hope that a livable planet might be orbiting it.

An artist’s impression of Proxima B which is just four light-years away in the Alpha Centauri system

Hawking is backing Breakthrough Starshot, a venture to reach this system within two decades using a tiny aircraft that could travel at the speed of light.

He said: “The idea behind this innovation is to have the nano craft on the light beam. Such a system could reach Mars in less than an hour, or reach Pluto in days, pass Voyager in under a week and reach Alpha Centauri in just over 20 years.”

If successful, a generation may be able to see the probe reach the star.

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