NASA Will Be Announcing A Big Discovery On Exoplanets In Its Conference Today

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Feb 22, 2017

Over the past few years researchers have become more and more interested in exoplanets. These are planets that orbit the stars beyond our solar systems and are most likely the places to host life. In a few hours NASA will be announcing a “discovery beyond our solar system” during a press conference in Washington DC. So the question that remains is that what is the content that NASA will be discussing in this conference today?

NASA conference on Exoplanets

Surprisingly the only thing we know for now is that NASA has some ‘new findings’ on exoplanets and the information is under an embargo with the Nature journal till the press conference takes place. Sounds exciting doesn’t it? The fact that NASA is pulling researchers from around the world to speak at this conference tells us that it is definitely going to be a huge deal.

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NASA will be broadcasting the entire event live on NASA TV today at 1PM ET. Public can ask questions during the briefing via Twitter using the #askNASA hashtag. The participation doesn’t end here, 2 hours after the conference at 3 pm ET the agency also has plans to hold an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and so come on guys prepare your questions now!

We also know who the briefing participants and we are getting very excited about the conference. The names and positions are as follows:
• Associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Thomas Zurbuchen.
• Astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium, Michael Gillon.
• Manager of NASA’s Spitzer Science Centre at Caltech/IPAC, Pasadena, California, Sean Carey.
• Professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Sara Seager.

There are no astrobiologists on the team so we can assume that maybe the conference is more focused on the composition of the exoplanets. We can’t really speculate more than this, so let’s wait till the conference begins and see what’s all it about. Stay tuned!

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