HUMANS only have 1,000 years left on Earth and will have to find another planet if we are to survive, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.
The human race will have to find a new home within a millennium if the species is to continue existing.
The shock claim came from Professor Stephen Hawking who warned that Earth’s dominant species will continue to eat through the planet’s resources at an alarming rate, leaving Earth battered and bruised and quickening its inevitable end.
Speaking at the Oxford Union, the famed theoretical physicist stated that although it is a "glorious time to be alive and doing research into theoretical physics”, there are problems that humanity will not be able to overcome if were are to be resigned to this planet alone.
The 74-year old said: “Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years and I am happy if I have made a small contribution.
”The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to understanding the laws that govern us and the universe is certainly a triumph.
“We will map the position of millions of galaxies with the help of [super] computers like Cosmos. We will better understand our place in the universe.
“Perhaps one day we will be able to use gravitational waves to look right back into the heart of the Big Bang.
“But we must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity.
“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.
This is not the first time that the father-of-three has predicted the end for humanity unless space travel is conquered.
In a new book titled ‘How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight’ by journalist Julian Guthrie, Professor Hawking shared his thoughts in an afterword.
The Oxford-born theoretical physicist wrote: “I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers.
“I think the human race has no future if it doesn't go to space.”