Monday 20 November 2017

Nasa is to host a major press conference today on 'discovery beyond our solar system'

NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore operating outside the International Space Station in 2015 CREDIT: NASA
NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore operating outside the International Space Station in 2015 CREDIT: NASA
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Nasa is to host a major press conference today on a "discovery beyond our solar system", it has emerged.

The event will see the revelation of major information about exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars other than our sun, according to a release.

However the mysterious space agency made no further mention of the details of what would be revealed.

Exoplanets are the major hope for life elsewhere in the universe, since many have been found that resemble our own Earth and could have the building blocks of life. More of them are being discovered all the time.

The conference comes after a series of videos have been posted online by conspiracy theorists who claim they show evidence of alien life.

The eagerly anticipated event will take place today at 1pm New York time. It will be streamed live on Nasa's television station and on its website.

Astronomers and planetary scientists from across the world will attend the conference and members of the public will be able to ask questions using the hashtag #AskNasa.

The he agency will also hold a Reddit AMA, or ask me anything, session straight after the briefing.

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