Kepler keeps on Kepler-ing on.
Earlier this year, I mentioned that the Kepler mission team was about to make an announcement the following day about a new discovery. The following day, the Kepler team announced the confirmation of a 9th exoplanet. Then, just earlier this week, I posted about Kepler’s 28th confirmed discovery, Kepler-22b. Kepler-22b was exciting, as the data reveals that it exists within the habitable zone of its host star.
Well, Kepler is set to make another announcement tomorrow!:
NASA’s Kepler Announcing Newly Confirmed Planets
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 20, announcing new discoveries by the Kepler mission.
Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the “habitable zone,” the region in a planetary system where liquid water can exist on the surface of an orbiting planet. Although additional observations will be needed to reach that milestone, Kepler is detecting planets and possible candidates with a wide range of sizes and orbital distances to help scientists better understand our place in the galaxy.
We’ll check back in tomorrow to learn what new and exciting discovery Kepler has for us.
*UPDATE: The press conference starts in 1pm (EST); you can listen to it live at this link: http://www.nasa.gov/news/media/newsaudio/index.html