The search for alien life could be over. NASA has just announced that they've found an entire solar system almost exactly like our own.
The much anticipated announcement was made today after scientists on NASA’s Kepler mission spotted an eighth planet around a distant star, making it the first alien solar system known to have as many planets as our own, and therefore could hold life.
The space agency held a press conference today at 6pm GMT to reveal the new discovery. They say the newfound world orbits a star named Kepler 90, which is larger and hotter than our sun and lies 2,500 light years from Earth in the constellation of Draco.
“This ties Kepler 90 with our own solar system for having the most known planets,” Paul Hertz, director of astrophysics at Nasa’s headquarters said.
Researchers on the planet-hunting mission discovered Kepler 90i when they teamed up with AI specialists at Google to analyse data collected by the space-based observatory. Using the Kepler telescope, they looked for alien worlds by detecting the shadows planets cast as they orbit stars.
The telescope was built to discover other planets similar to Earth which could potentially sustain life, and now it has made a discovery so significant that its worth holding a press conference for. Naturally, everyone has been pretty excited, but NASA has been only giving scarce details.
A statement from the space agency read: "NASA hosted a media teleconference to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data."
For anyone who still has questions, NASA is currently hosting an AMA on Reddit.
Maybe this all has to do with that massive cigar-shaped UFO hanging about near Earth?