The European Physical Journal H

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 1–41 | Cite as

Exoplanets – the beginning of a new era in astrophysics

A protagonist’s perspective
  • Michel Mayor
  • Davide Cenadelli
Oral history interview


This oral history interview touches upon important topics like the dynamics of the discovery, in 1995, of 51 Pegasi b – the first extrasolar planet ever found around a normal star other than the Sun – the development of better and better equipment that made it possible, the importance it had in shaping a new community of scholars dealing with this new field of research, and, more at large, the cultural importance it had in overturning our view of the cosmos.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Observatoire de Genève, Université de GenèveSauvernySwitzerland
  2. 2.Osservatorio Astronomico della Regione Autonoma Valle d’AostaNusItaly

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