Google and NASA to reveal mysterious new space find

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The space agency has called a press conference this Thursday to announce a new discovery by its Kepler space telescope, which has been searching for habitable planets and alien life since 2009.

The Kepler space telescope is tasked with finding other planets - some of which exists in a "habitable zone", meaning they could support life.

That is about as in-depth as NASA gets in regards to Google's machine learning and the new discovery itself in the news release.

According to the agency, the media teleconference will be held on Thursday at 1 pm EST (1800 GMT) and will talk about the latest discovery made by the telescope that was launched in March 2009 to search for alien worlds.

Prior to its launch, astronomers did not know how common planets were beyond the solar system but the observatory has since helped scientists identify more than 2,500 planets and 2,000 planetary candidates that still need further investigations.

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Kepler completed its main mission in 2012, but continued to collect data in an extended mission. This has afforded new opportunities to research not only exoplanets, but also young stars, supernovae, and other celestial bodies.

Three planets pass between the telescope and Kepler-11, August 26, 2010. It contemplated planets around stars categorized as bright M Dwarfs in the environs of the Sun.

Cagey on the details, NASA's press release states that machine learning "demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data". The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered thousands of exoplanets.

Shallue is a senior research software engineer at Google Brain, which is the tech corporation's machine intelligence research team. Attendees include Paul Hertz, the director of NASA's Astrophysics division in Washington D.C., and Christopher Shallue from Google.

Experts from both NASA and Google are expected to be in attendance to explain this latest find, which is speculated to be big news.