NASA to make announcement on new discovery from planet-hunting mission

Posted December 12, 2017

An official announcement on the NASA website said it is gearing up for a teleconference to reveal a major breakthrough made by the Kepler space telescope, which is now hunting the universe for exoplanets.

NASA does not mention aliens explicitly in its description of the telescope's mission, but it does state that Kepler is on the hunt for planets like Earth. Google Brain functions to assist and conduct research on things like teaching machines to be fair and helping robots pick up sand.

Likely, NASA teamed up with Google to build an algorithm for finding more exoplanets inside that untouched Kepler data, and this Thursday's announcement will reveal the first results.

According to the agency, the media teleconference will be held on Thursday at 1 pm EST (1800 GMT) and will talk about the latest discovery made by the telescope that was launched in March 2009 to search for alien worlds.

Thanks to Kepler's treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky.

Kepler's initial mission was completed in 2012. "Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data", said NASA in a press release meant to tease the highly anticipated reveals on the conference, as reported by The Inquisitr. Kepler finds planets by noticing the dip in a star's light as they pass in front, known as the transit method. Kepler-11, imagined here by an artist, is a sun-like star orbited by six planets.

But that's not all: the K2 trip has already turned up 515 candidate exoplanets, confirming 178 of those. He will be joined by Kepler project scientist Jessie Dotson, who works in NASA's Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California. This has afforded new opportunities to research not only exoplanets, but also young stars, supernovae, and other celestial bodies.