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WATCH LIVE @ 1:15 p.m. ET: Scientists Discuss New Findings from Kepler Spacecraft

This artist's illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
This artist's illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Scientists now say that one in six stars hosts an Earth-size planet. (Image credit: C. Pulliam & D. Aguilar (CfA))

Scientists will discuss new findings from NASA's alien planet hunting Kepler mission today (Nov. 4) during a news conference. The briefing will begin at 1:15 p.m. EST (1815 GMT) and you can watch it live via NASA.  

You can participate in the briefing via a live-streamed Kepler e-conference. You can also get involved by tagging questions and comments on social media websites with the hashtag #Kepler2. [7 Greatest Alien Planet Discoveries by NASA's Kepler Spacecraft (So Far)]

The briefing is part of NASA's second Kepler Science Conference at the space agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Participants for the briefing include: William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator, Ames, Jason Rowe, research scientist, SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif., Erik Petigura, graduate student, University of California, Berkeley, Calif., and William Chaplin, professor for Astrophysics, University of Birmingham, UK.

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Miriam Kramer joined as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.