Information regarding a new "Twin Earth" could be revealed at a press conference hosted by NASA at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17.
The Kepler Space Telescope has made another important new discovery, details of which will be published in the journal Science, though publication is being delayed until after the press release.
For five years, since its launch on March 6th 2009, the telescope has been searching for signs of other habitable planets. The information it has provided has been unprecedented, revealing a whole new neighborhood in our galaxy apparently brimming with new worlds. Many of these are potential new Earths located in the so-called "habitable zone", while others which are totally unlike any of the planets in our solar system.
"This is the biggest haul ever,” said co-leader of the research study, Jason Rowe from the NASA Ames Research Centre. Over 1,200 planetary systems have been studied, and 715 planets validated. All the new worlds are members of multiplanet systems—stars with more than one orbiting satellite. Keep reading at Unknown Country