NASA is set to announce a major discovery by the Kepler Space Telescope tomorrow, July 23rd, at noon EDT (5 p.m. BST), and you can watch it live below.
“Today, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years – another Earth,” NASA teased in its announcement for the press conference. The live stream below will reveal the discovery tomorrow at a news conference at noon EDT (5 p.m. BST).
NASA may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the Universe.
It said: “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, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years – another Earth.”
The fact that NASA is holding a press conference on the news, rather than it being released to the public via research papers as has often been the case in the past, suggests that the mission may have discovered a candidate that even more closely resembles our own planet.
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow!