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March 13, 2018 | 4:32pm
| Updated March 13, 2018 | 11:10pm Google has open-sourced their planet-hunting AI algorithm. In December, NASA announced they had found two exoplanets hiding in plain sight.

The discovery was made by a neural network trained to sift through data collected from the agency’s Kepler spacecraft. Kepler was launched in 2009 specifically to search for exoplanets orbiting around distant stars.

Astronomers detect exoplanets based on changes in the brightness of stars. If a star dims for a short period of time, it’s likely that a planet is passing in front of it.

In four years, Kepler observed 150,000 stars, which gave astronomers more data than they were able to sift through. So they only focused on the 30,000 strongest signals and managed to discover 2,500 exoplanets. Read more from…

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