AI helps find 50 new planets
Artificial intelligence has been coming to human aid now and then, be it health services, education or even hospitality. But now for the first time AI has done wonders in the field of astronomy.
Scientists have identified 50 potential planets with the help of Artificial Intelligence. These planets range from worlds as large as Neptune to smaller than the Earth, with orbits as long as 200 days to as little as a single day.
The discovery was made by astronomers and computer scientists at the University of Warwick. They built a machine learning-based algorithm and trained it to differentiate between real planets using two large samples of confirmed planets and false positives from NASA’s Kepler mission.
This is the first time machine learning has helped in determining whether a celestial body was a true planet, bringing us one step ahead in planet validation.
Now that the researchers know it works, they hope to use the AI for current and future telescope missions. It can provide a consistent and efficient method of validation.
Though Mercury is closer to the Sun as compared to Venus, it’s the latter which is the hottest planet in our solar system. It’s because Venus is shrouded with thick layers of atmosphere which keep the planet warm.