UT Austin Scientists Discover 2 New Planets Using Artificial Intelligence
Astronomers at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with Google, have used artificial intelligence to uncover two more hidden planets in the Kepler space telescope archive. Reportedly, this particular technique shows promise for identifying many additional planets that traditional methods could not catch.
To find them, the team, led by an undergraduate at UT Austin, Anne Dattilo, created an algorithm that sifts through the data taken by Kepler to ferret out signals that were missed by traditional planet-hunting methods. Long term, the process should help astronomers find many more missed planets hiding in Kepler data.
According to a press statement given out by the University of Texas at Austin, the planets discovered this time were from Kepler’s extended mission, called K2.