Kepler Telescope May Have Discovered A New Earth-Like Planet

NASA’s Kepler mission team will announce a new discovery in a teleconference today at 12 p.m. EDT, which you can watch live in the video above.

The $600-million Kepler mission, launched in 2009, aims to survey the Milky Way for nearby Earth-like planets. So far, more than 1,000 alien worlds have been discovered.

Scientists and space enthusiasts alike are speculating that the announcement will reveal the discovery of the most Earth-like alien planet yet found.

Mike Butcher, editor-at-large of TechCrunch, tweeted that this new world has already been named:

NASA has called a press conf for 12pm EST Thurs about an Earth-like world 1,400 light years away called Kepler 452b

— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) July 22, 2015

Meanwhile, NASA has deemed this “the week for exoplanets,” which hints at a possible new discovery.

It’s the week for exoplanets. Tune-in 7/23 at 9a PDT for the latest discovery news!

— NASA Kepler (@NASAKepler) July 20, 2015

According to, participants in the teleconference will be John Grunsfeld, an associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington; Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.; Jeff Coughlin, a Kepler research scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif.; and Didier Queloz, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Cambridge in England.

Stay tuned.

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