NASA's Kepler probe uses Google AI for latest discovery

NASA solves mystery of eerie 'whistling' in upper atmosphere

The research and discovery has been also supported by Google and its machine-learning artificial intelligence software.

It is believed that during the research, scientists found almost 21 Earth-sized planets known to orbit within the habitable zones of their stars. The "internet went aflutter" using his theory in relationship to the unusual discovery, Wright said, but he cautioned, "you should reserve the alien hypothesis as a last resort".

The Kepler telescope was launched in 2009, when scientists didn't know how many exoplanets there were.

The conference will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 20h00 PM and will stream live on NASA's website. By using machine learning provided by the tech giant, Nasa hopes that it can pick through the possible planets more quickly and hopefully find life-supporting planets sooner.

It is thought the announcement will revolve around exoplanets - Earth-sized planets that orbit around their own stars.

Kepler is NASA's most successful planet discoverer, having identified over 2,500 exoplanets in its two missions over eight years. However, only 30 are orbiting within the "habitable" zone of their star.

But that's not all: the K2 trip has already turned up 515 candidate exoplanets, confirming 178 of those.

According to the press release, K2 is "introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena".

Experts from NASA and Google will be on hand to explain the latest breakthrough.

As the NASA press conference nears, it has also been revealed that the director of the Astrophysics Division Paul Hertz, who works at NASA's headquarters in Washington, will be participating in the event.

Christopher Shallue, an engineer with Google AI and Google Brain wil be featured during the NASA press conference alongside scientists from NASA, its Kepler team and NASA Sagan Fellow Andrew Vanderburg from the University of Texas.

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