The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is to hold a press conference on a “discovery beyond our solar system”.
According to a release, they plan on revealing some major information about extraterrestrial life, and exoplanets — planets that orbit stars other than our sun. It made no further mention of the details of the announcement.
The agency will hold the conference on Thursday (Dec. 14) at 1 p.m. EST (6pm GMT) to reveal the new discovery made by the Kepler space telescope, which has been searching the cosmos for alien worlds since 2009.
“The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google,” NASA officials wrote in the release. “Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analysing Kepler data.”
The Kepler space telescope has been instrumental in the discovery of 2,500 planets, and has approximately 2,000 more to be study. The telescope has also found the Goldilocks Zone, where several planets are orbiting, and where the general temperature is warm enough to support the properties of liquid.
Exoplanets are the major hope for life elsewhere in the universe, since many have been found that resemble our own Earth and could have the building blocks of life. More of them are being discovered all the time.
NASA is encouraging fans to ask their questions about AI technology or alien life forms under the hashtag #askNASA on social media. Whether NASA will confirm the existence of aliens in space remains to be seen, but here’s to hoping.