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AI finds solar system with 8 planets like ours
    2017-12-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A SOLAR system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA’s Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the U.S. space agency said Thursday.

“Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star,” NASA said in a statement.

However, none of the planets are expected to be hospitable to life. The eight-planet system — the largest known outside of ours — orbits a star called Kepler 90 about 2,545 light-years away.

“The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system,” said Andrew Vanderburg, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin.

“You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer.” The newly identified planet, Kepler-90i, is a rocky planet like Earth, but orbits its star once every 14.4 days, meaning a full year there is the same as two weeks on Earth.

“About 30 percent larger than Earth, Kepler-90i is so close to its star that its average surface temperature is believed to exceed 427 degrees Celsius, on par with Mercury.”

Scientists found it by using machine learning from Google, which teaches a computer to scan a trove of 35,000 possible planetary signals collected from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope in a search for signs of planetary transits. Transits are the dimming of light when planets pass in front of a star.

Humans would be far more suited to Kepler-90h, the outermost planet in the system that sits at a similar distance from the Sun as Earth.  (SD-Agencies)

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