Has Nasa's Kepler telescope discovered alien life? Stargazers set for big announcement

Audrey Hill
December 12, 2017

NASA will be revealing major breakthroughs from its alien-hunting programme that could give potential clues about the alien life.

NASA is going to hold a press conference regarding the Kepler mission.

The Kepler space telescope is tasked with finding other planets - some of which exists in a "habitable zone", meaning they could support life.

The exact details of the subject of the press conference have not been revealed, but the space agency said it will talk about the latest discovery made with its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009, to help find how common planets outside of Earth's solar system are. Google's machine learning approach to artificial intelligence is considered the world's pioneering application in the field.

Kepler completed its prime mission in 2012 and went on to collect data for an additional year in an extended mission.

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But that's not all: the K2 trip has already turned up 515 candidate exoplanets, confirming 178 of those.

According to the press release, K2 is "introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena". NASA says the telescope is able to accomplish this by detecting a drop in a star's brightness, which happens when a planet passes in front of it. The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered thousands of exoplanets. It contemplated planets around stars categorized as bright M Dwarfs in the environs of the Sun. One of the attendees is Paul Hertz, the director of NASA's Astrophysics division in Washington D.C, as well as Christopher Shallue from Google. He will be joined by Kepler project scientist Jessie Dotson, who works in NASA's Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California.

Nasa has said little else about its latest discovery, although added it was made with the help of Google artificial intelligence.

Exactly what NASA and Google have discovered, we will just have to wait until Thursday to find out.

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