NASA to announce major planet-hunting discovery made possible by AI

On Thursday, NASA is planning to make a “major announcement” about our quest for new life

How To Watch NASA's Big (Exoplanet?) Announcement, Live

The Kepler telescope was launched in 2009, when scientists didn't know how many exoplanets there were. "Thanks to Kepler's treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky", it has been stated in the press release on NASA's website.

It completed its primary mission in 2012, when two of the four reaction wheels used to position the telescope failed. But it will nearly certainly relate to exoplanets - Earth-sized worlds that orbit around their own stars, and are our best hope of finding alien life.

The telescope is presently on its second mission called "K2", and this time, it is more dedicated to discovering exoplanets on a limited basis.

NASA and Google have an announcement to make, but you'll have to wait until Thursday to find out what it is.

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The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earth, some of which could support life.

Being in the habitable zone means the planet is the right distance from its star to allow water to exist in liquid form. This exoplanet-hunting confirmed the existence of 178 further planets, with 515 potential candidates.

It is thought the announcement will revolve around exoplanets - Earth-sized planets that orbit around their own stars.

In 2014, the spacecraft began a new mission called K2, which continues the search for exoplanets while studying other cosmic phenomena.

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NASA has been on a roll lately, spotting more than a dozen planets over the a year ago that might be capable of sustaining life. He will be joined by Kepler project scientist Jessie Dotson, who works in NASA's Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California.

'The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google, ' Nasa said.

The press conference may reportedly be related to any one of those planets.

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