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NASA teases new extrasolar planet discovery

Posted on Monday, 11 December, 2017 | Comment icon 10 comments

What has NASA discovered this time ? Image Credit: NASA
The space agency will be making an announcement on Thursday about its latest groundbreaking discovery.
While details of what NASA will be revealing are currently thin on the ground, reports suggest that astronomers may have discovered a new, potentially habitable extrasolar planet using data from the Kepler Space Telescope which has already found over 1,200 extrasolar worlds.

What makes this discovery particularly interesting however is the fact that, for the first time, it may have been made with the assistance of a Google-based artificial intelligence.

If this turns out to be the case then it could signal the beginning a whole new era of astronomy in which AI systems can be used to analyze data far more efficiently than traditional methods.

According to reports, the announcement will be attended by four scientists - NASA astrophysics division director Paul Hertz, a senior Google software developer and two others.

We will have to wait until Thursday however to find out for certain what they will be revealing.

Update: Details of the announcement can be found - here.

Source: Independent | Comments (10)

Tags: NASA, AI, Exoplanet

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer on 11 December, 2017, 16:54
Hopefully another great find!  Hopefully Skynet...I mean Google's AI was a help.
Comment icon #2 Posted by bison on 11 December, 2017, 21:26
It could be a new batch of planets, all detected with the newly applied artificial intelligence. Perhaps even including a planet somewhat Earth-like. These are always prime subjects for announcement.            Later-- Looked at NASA's pre-announcement teaser. It confirmed the A.I. angle, and also referred to their 'latest discovery' (singular), not discoveries. So, it looks as if a single, newly discovered, planet of special importance is involved.   
Comment icon #3 Posted by UFOwatcher on 12 December, 2017, 18:47
If it's "Google" it has to be true...
Comment icon #4 Posted by seeder on 14 December, 2017, 18:21
Here it is!!    
Comment icon #5 Posted by bison on 14 December, 2017, 18:29
This morning, NASA announced the discovery of an 8th planet in the Kepler 90 system, which is about 2500 light years distant. It will be known as Kepler 90 I, using the standard system of giving the planets letter designations, in the order of their discovery. This makes it only the second planetary system known to contain at least eight members, the other being our own solar system. The newly discovered planet is the third nearest to its star, and has an orbital period of about 14 days. Unfortunately for the possibilities of life as we know it, the surface temperature is calculated at about 8... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 14 December, 2017, 19:33
Here's the a link to the above story with a link to the original article from NASA for those that want to read more: Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Calibeliever on 14 December, 2017, 20:37
Can Google's AI design a hyper drive so we can get there too? 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timonthy on 14 December, 2017, 20:51
It’s recommended that tin foil hats have an extra two layers added to shield from the new AI. So, six layers total is the current generally acceptable minimum.  Although, that sounds a little bit conspiracy-y, I’d personally go with 13 layers. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by _KB_ on 15 December, 2017, 9:13
Intriguing, though i suppose it makes more sense
Comment icon #10 Posted by Orphalesion on 15 December, 2017, 10:09
Yeah now we just need a way to get there. I want my alien unicorn pet. All hail our benevolent A.I. Overlords

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