Did NASA Find A New Earth?

Posted: Jul 22 2015, 5:28am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 23 2015, 11:38am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Did NASA Find a New Earth?

NASA will host a media event on Thursday disclosing new discoveries made by exoplanet hunting Kepler Space Telescope.

Update: NASA found Super Earth Kepler-452b.

Has NASA found another earth? An announcement for a media event on Thursday contains hints to believe that.

NASA will announce new discoveries of the Kepler Space Telescope. The telescope mission is to hunt for exoplanets. The first exoplanet orbiting another star like our sun was discovered in 1995. Exoplanets, especially small Earth-size worlds, belonged within the realm of science fiction just 21 years ago. 

Today the Kepler exoplanet count stands at 4,661 Candidates, 1,028 Confirmed and 11 Small Habitable Zone Confirmed.

Launched in March 2009, Kepler is the first NASA mission to detect Earth-size planets orbiting distant stars in or near the habitable zone -- the range of distances from a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might sustain liquid water. 

NASA weaves into the announcement a sentence that reads: "Astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years -- another Earth." 

Is this a hint to a surprising announcement tomorrow? We will have to wait, but can start dreaming about a new Earth.

The Kepler Space Telescope media event takes place at noon EDT on July 23. The event will be streamed live online here.

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