Stephen Hawkins: The World Is About To Burn Up

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has issued yet another warning for Earth and this time, he says we have less than 600 years before the Earth turns into a sizzling fireball.

Hawking says that if we don’t leave Earth soon, overpopulation will increase energy consumption and pretty much kill us all.

But Hawking has a plan. Speaking at the Tencent WE Summit in Beijing, Hawking appealed to investors to back his plans to travel to Alpha Centauri. At around 4 light-years away, it’s the closest star system to our sun.

The venture is called Breakthrough Starshot and it would use  a tiny spacecraft that travels at the speed of light.

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.”

“Maybe if all goes well, sometime a little after the middle of the century, we’ll have our first picture of another planet that may be life-bearing orbiting the nearest star,” Pete Worden, the former head at NASA’s AMES Research Center and Starshot Breakthrough director, said at the summit.

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