Whenever NASA makes a huge announcement, it’s something worth paying attention to and this time NASA is making a major announcement WITH Google surrounding something they discovered from their Kepler telescope which is used to locate exoplanets. The reason Google is involved is because the discovery also utilized Google’s machine learning software.

So…not saying this announcement is about aliens, but, this announcement will be about aliens.

The mystery will be unveiled at 1 p.m. EST on Dec. 14, where it will be streamed live on NASA’s website.

According to NASA’s press release:

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence and demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data.

Experts who are part of the press briefing include:

  • Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California
  • Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Texas, Austin
  • Jessie Dotson, Kepler project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley

Kepler was launched in 2009 and since then has spotted thousands of exoplanets. The briefing will likely talk about the work NASA and Google have done together to build an algorithm used to find more exoplanets inside Kepler’s data.

Thursday will most likely be the initial report from this joint effort and it could include announcing a major exoplanet discovery and a possible breakthrough in the search for alien life.

 

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