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Nobel prize in physics goes to cosmic discoveries

Three scientists have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for “ground-breaking” discoveries about the Universe, the BBC reports.

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were announced as this year’s winners at a ceremony in Stockholm.

They were jointly awarded the prize for work on the evolution of the Universe and the discovery of a distant planet around a Sun-like star in 1995.

The winners will share the prize money of nine million kronor (£738,000).

James Peebles, of Princeton University in New Jersey, was honoured for his contributions to the understanding of the evolution of the Universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos.

With others, he predicted the existence of cosmic microwave background radiation, the so-called afterglow of the Big Bang.

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