Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets

16 December, 2017, 19:05 | Author: Carmen Reese
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Google used data collected by Nasa's planet hunter, the Kepler Space Telescope, to develop its machine-learning computer programme.

"Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star", NASA said in a statement.

"The Kepler-90 star system is similar to a mini version of our solar system". Machine learning is a way to artificial intelligence in which computers "learn".

"This is a really exciting discovery, and we consider it to be a successful proof of concept to be using neural networks to identify planets, even in challenging situations where the signals are very weak", said Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google in Mountain View, California. "This finding shows that our data will be a treasure trove available to innovative researchers for years to come", said Hertz. Planets detected by Kepler show up as slight dips in the brightness of a star-the result of the planet passing in front and blocking some of the light.

This kind of monitoring had previously been done by using automated tests or the human eye but, as Shallue explained, the new method was able to capture some of the weakest signals that had been previously missed.

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The research by Google and the University of Texas at Austin that used data from NASA raised the prospects of new insights into the universe by feeding data into computer programs that can churn through information faster and more in-depth than humanly possibly, a technique known as machine learning.

NASA have admitted many of these stars contain habitable planets - planets where the conditions are right for water to exist - but the agency does not know yet which of these could sustain life. Because it's so close to its star, it's extremely hot with an average surface temperature over 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

The star known as Kepler-90, is just a bit hotter and larger than the Sun; astronomers already knew of seven planets around it.

In the dataset compiled by Kepler over its four-year missio, n 35,000 possible planetary signals were identified. Some planets are more obvious than others, and the goal here was to turn the algorithm loose on digging through past measurements for weak signals that had been missed. The astronomers trained the programme on a set of about 15,000 signals, and it identified planets correctly. They believed that multiple-planet systems would be the best places to look for more exoplanets.

More planets are expected to be found, because researchers plan to apply their neural network to Kepler's full set of more than 150,000 stars. This one, the Earth-sized Kepler-80g, and four of its neighbouring planets form what is called a resonant chain - where planets are locked by their mutual gravity in a rhythmic orbital dance.

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