NASA To Announce New Exoplanet Finds Today (Where To Watch LIVE)

This illustration depicts a sample of the many planets discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope. Credits: NASA/Wendy Stenzel

NASA will hold a briefing at 11 a.m. EDT Monday, June 19, to announce the latest planet candidate results from the agency’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler mission. The briefing, taking place during the Kepler Science Conference, will be held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley.

The event will stream live on NASA’s website.

The latest Kepler catalog of planet candidates was created using the most sophisticated analyses yet, yielding the most complete and reliable accounting of distant worlds to date. This survey will enable new lines of research in exoplanet study, which looks at planets outside our solar system.

The briefing participants are:

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  • Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington
  • Susan Thompson, Kepler research scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California
  • Benjamin Fulton, doctoral candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena
  • Courtney Dressing, NASA Sagan Fellow at Caltech

With its 2009 launch, NASA’s Kepler space telescope became the first agency mission capable of finding Earth-sized planets in or near the habitable zone – the range of distances from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet. In the data collected during the four years of its principal mission, Kepler has detected thousands of planets and planet candidates, varying widely in size and orbital distances, helping us better understand our place in the universe.

Source: NASA