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How to Watch NASA's Major Kepler Announcement Today

Danny Paez
This has us at the edge of our seats.

For the last week or so, NASA has been dropping hints about a big announcement involving its exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope. Finally, on Thursday, NASA will deliver that announcement that they’ve been so vague about. It won’t be aliens, but it’ll be good.

Here’s the gist: The teleconference will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern, and it’ll be live stream here. It will involve a new discovery from Kepler, which has apparently been made possible with the help of Google’s machine learning technology. Three NASA scientists and a Google software engineer will be leading the conference.

The Kepler telescope — which is essentially a traveling space camera — was launched in the spring of 2009 and has since been beaming images of deep space back to NASA. It was originally designed to survey a specific part of the Milky Way, but since 2012, it’s been hard at work in its K2 mission searching for exoplanets.

At this point, we have a few ideas as to what this announcement could be, but nothing’s confirmed. While it won’t be a planet full of dogs, it’ll definitely still be awesome. We hope.

Be sure and check out: What’s the Top Secret Discovery NASA Keeps Teasing? Scientists Have Ideas

Photos via NASA

Photos via NASA

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