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Google Machine Learning Tool Aids Discovery of 8th Planet Around ‘Sun-Like’ Star

Google Machine Learning Tool Aids Discovery of 8th Planet Around 'Sun-Like' Star - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Google Machine Learning Tool Aids Discovery of 8th Planet Around 'Sun-Like' Star - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNASA has discovered an eighth planet orbiting a Sun-like star named Kepler-90 using Google‘s machine learning tool.

The space agency said Friday the machine learning platform identified the Kepler-90i planet by searching through data from the Kepler Space Telescope.

Researchers Christopher Shallue and Andrew Vanderburg trained a computer, called an artificial neural network, to detect exoplanets in light readings recorded by the Kepler telescope.

Shallue is a senior software engineer at Google who suggested the application of a neural network to Kepler data.

The neural network discovered weak transit signals from the eighth planet that were not detected by previous database searches, NASA noted.

The tool also found a sixth planet in the Kepler-80 system, named Kepler-80g.

Shallue and Vanderburg plan to use their neural network to search through the Kepler telescope’s four-year dataset, which includes more than 150,000 stars.

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