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NASA will host a news teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope. The journal Science has embargoed the findings until the time of the news conference. For a detailed background briefing, see our post "Getting Closer and Closer" --Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets.

The briefing participants are:

-- Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington

-- Elisa Quintana, research scientist, SETI Institute at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

-- Tom Barclay, research scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames

-- Victoria Meadows, professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle, and principal investigator for the Virtual Planetary Laboratory, a team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute at Ames

Launched in March 2009, Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone -- the range of distance from a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might sustain liquid water. The telescope has since detected planets and planet candidates spanning a wide range of sizes and orbital distances, including those in the habitable zone. These findings have led to a better understanding of our place in the galaxy.

The public is invited to listen to the teleconference live on UStream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-arc and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

Audio of the teleconference also will be streamed live at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA.

A link to relevant graphics will be posted at the start of the teleconference on NASA's Kepler site: http://www.nasa.gov/kepler


It seem to me that the only way to explore a distant galaxy is by using an entangled photonic probe.

We could have an entangled particle on earth and an entangled particle inside a space probe, providing a full duplex communications network, that would work over vast distances.

The EP Prode could explore a distant galaxy and send back data to earth, via a digital signal, using the different movements of the entangled particles to represent '1's' of '0's', to be decoded, as video or data.

The universe will be explored with quantum and not Newtonian physics.

Is our need to explore space just an extension of ourselves; our need to see ourselves in the reflecting pool of the universe. "These discoveries have led to a better understanding of our place in the galaxy." Are we that insecure with ourselves that the real reason for space exploration is to find out how we fit into the larger scheme of things? I thought the exploration of the galaxy was for science, our need to understand, the need to climb the highest mountain, and our need to explore the unexplored. Technology is allowing us to see further into the galaxy and find planets that may harbor life, as we may or may not know it. It is good that this teleconference is being opened to the public; for those who are interested in space can participate in the discussion. Hopefully we one day find out that we are truly not alone in the galaxy, the universe and beyond the confines of this single entity called "Our Universe".
Has anyone thought about giving our universe a name; besides just saying "Our universe"?

It's just like deja vue, all over again! On october 6, 1995, Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz did an oral presentation at a conference on cool stars in Florence, Italy. It then took weeks (until the 51 Pegasi b discovery was published in "Nature") before the fulldetails became public! On March 4, the above mentioned team did an oral presentation on this new planet, but, before they could do that , they had to submit a written summation to the science organizing committee in tuscon. To read this summation,do the following: Google Kepler 186f,scrool down to the botom of the page,click "repeat the search with the ommitted results included, click "(PDF)SS JAMBOREE bOOKLET 2.PDF-SPACE SCIENCESdIVISION-n,CLICK "ACCEPT, SCROLL DOWN TO "sECOND aNNUAL sPACE sCIENCES jAMBOREE mARCH 2,2014, SCROLL DOWN TO THE 13:55 oRAL pRESENTATION BY eLIZA qUINTANA,SCROLL DOWN TO WHE WRITTEN SUMMATION OF THE ORAL PRESENTATION OF this oral presentation to the Science Organising Committee,starting with "oral presentation,1:55pm... Great stuff! Be aware that "Science has embargoed this info untill 2PM tomorrow, so do not share any details with the news media!

"Has anyone thought about giving our universe a name; besides just saying "Our universe"?"

Just for fun, we call it God. It implies so many things, but requires science to "know" it. Science might win a few converts...

Would The Daily Galaxy be so kind to include UTC times for live events as well in the future? It's a bit shortsighted to think there's nobody living at the other side of the planet that ight be interested in this. THanks!

@Kristi: Thanks, it seems Google 'Kepler-186f Jamboree Booklet' works too.

@Voyager: UTC is EDT + 4 I think.

I think I'd rather call the Universe "Richard Dawkins" than God...we could say witty things like "How is Richard Dawkins tonight?" while peeking through a telescope, or "Richard Dawkins' rate of expansion is accelerating"

we dont need to rename the universe, just try and understand and make sense of some of the stuff, what we dont need is to rename it with any idiotic 3 letter word which would detract from the serious business

It is great discovery of dedicated brains, really wonder if lives are found on new earth let us get news as early as possible, heartid congradulations to nasa.

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