AI discovers over 300 unknown exoplanets in Kepler telescope data
A new artificial-intelligence algorithm has discovered more than 300 previously unknown exoplanets in data gathered by the now-defunct exoplanet-hunting telescope Kepler.
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A new artificial intelligence algorithm has discovered over 300 previously unknown exoplanets in data gathered by a now-defunct exoplanet-hunting telescope.
The Kepler Space Telescope, NASA's first dedicated exoplanet hunter, has observed hundreds of thousands of stars in the search for potentially habitable worlds outside our solar system. The calatog of potential planets it had compiled continues generating new discoveries even after the telescope's demise. Human experts analyze the data for signs of exoplanets. But a new algorithm called ExoMiner can now mimic that procedure and scour the catalog faster and more efficiently.
The telescope, which stopped working in November 2018, looked for temporary decreases in the brightness of the stars that might be caused by a planet crossing in front of the star's disk as seen from Kepler's perspective. But not all such dimmings are caused by exoplanets, and scientists had to follow elaborate procedures to distinguish false positives from the real stuff, according to a NASA statement.