Update: 12:18 p.m. -- NASA's Kepler mission team revealed during a teleconference (above) that an alien planet similar to Earth, named Kepler-452b, has been discovered in the "habitable zone" of a sun-like star. The planet was called a "bigger, older cousin to Earth." Read more here.
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.
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:
Meanwhile, NASA has deemed this "the week for exoplanets," which hints at a possible new discovery.
According to Space.com, 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.
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