NASA has recently announced that it will soon reveal a major discovery regarding planets that orbit other stars. Through their website, authorities from the space agency said that new findings on exoplanets will be uncovered but no further details were added. NASA adds that the so-called major announcement is allegedly set to happen on Wednesday at 1pm during a press conference.
NASA's Teaser About A Major Discovery
According to reports revealed by The New York Post, the said announcement has the astronomy community abuzz that NASA is set to announce its best finding made so far that a planet outside our solar system could potentially support life. NASA authorities said that during the announcement, astronomers and planetary scientists from across the world will also be there to witness the revelation of the finding. Additionally, the news event can also be seen live on NASA's TV station and website.
Furthermore, as per NASA, there will be limited seating in the NASA TV studio for those members of the media who would like to attend in person at the agency's Headquarters at 300 E Street SW in Washington. Hence, for those media members who will be unable to attend in person may ask questions by telephone. However, authorities highly emphasized that, in order to attend in person or participate by phone; the media must be able to send an email with their name, affiliation and telephone number to Dwayne Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Feb. 22.
Meanwhile, in one of their statements, some of the expected participants would be Thomas Zurbuchen who is an associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. An astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium, Michael Gillon, is also said to be there together with Sean Carey, manager of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC, Pasadena, California among others as well. Ultimately, it was found that a Reddit AMA or Ask Me Anything about exoplanets will be held following the briefing at 3 p.m. with scientists available to answer questions in English and Spanish.