'Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone, ' Kepler scientist Mario Perez said in a news conference.
Nasa launched the Kepler telescope, named after a 17th century German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, in 2009.
The scientists used Kepler space telescope to study planets outside our solar system, also known as exoplanets. According to NASA officials, this startling discovery was made using machine learning sponsored by Google.
NASA has also provided the live-streaming link to the press conference.
Since the original mission was completed in 2012, Kepler confirmed 2,337 exoplanets and 4,496 potential candidates.
The telescope is presently on its second mission called "K2", and this time, it is more dedicated to discovering exoplanets on a limited basis. This has afforded new opportunities to research not only exoplanets, but also young stars, supernovae, and other celestial bodies. NASA says the telescope is able to accomplish this by detecting a drop in a star's brightness, which happens when a planet passes in front of it. Kepler-11, imagined here by an artist, is a sun-like star orbited by six planets. In the initial goal, the telescope witnessed more than 1,50,000 stars outside our solar system. "Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and shows new ways of examining Kepler data", wrote NASA administrators in a lately issued press release. Among them are Paul Hertz, NASA astrophysicist, Christopher Shallue, Google AI senior software engineer, Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and NASA Sagan Fellow, and Jessie Dotson, Kepler project scientist.
Exactly what this new method of combing has revealed, we will have to wait until Thursday to see.