back to article Kepler may be dead but its data keeps on giving, thanks to AI: Two alien worlds found in archives

Machine-learning algorithms have been used to uncover two previously unseen exoplanets in the archive of data amassed by NASA’s retired Kepler space telescope. Launched in 2009, Kepler was sent to survey the dark reaches of the Milky Way. Its job was to hunt for alien worlds by scrutinizing the light emitted by faraway stars. …

  1. LucreLout Silver badge
    Pint

    Well done!

    That's some damn good work, especially for an undergrad. My intern is, err, not doing anything so cool.

    1. Roland6 Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Well done!

      >My intern is, err, not doing anything so cool.

      Well depending on whether your intern is male or female, either give them a kick up the backside or a motivational pat on the back, by showing them the UT article https://news.utexas.edu/2019/03/26/two-new-planets-discovered-using-artificial-intelligence/

    2. John Gamble
      Childcatcher

      Re: Well done!

      KidsUndergrads these days. Why, when I was an undergrad I learned stuff like how to play D&D. Now they're off finding planets. What is the introsolar world coming to.

      1. Stevie Silver badge

        Re: Well done!

        When I were undergrad D&D hadn't been invented. We 'ad ter mek do wi' Diplomacy an' Risk.

  2. wayne 8

    slightly bigger and hotter than Earth.

    Manmade global warming way out there?

    Seems like machine learning requires quite a bit of human brain power to get it going.

    Which nation or corporation will lay or has laid claim to these planets?

    1. 2+2=5 Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: slightly bigger and hotter than Earth.

      > Which nation or corporation will lay or has laid claim to these planets?

      Too late. I have. And I've patented the process of laying claim to exoplanets, which is now available to licence for the small amount of only 5% of all profits you make from a claimed planet.

      1. Roland6 Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: slightly bigger and hotter than Earth.

        >And I've patented the process of laying claim to exoplanets, which is now available to licence for the small amount of only 5% of all profits you make from a claimed planet.

        Shame it is highly likely both the patent and you will have expired many decades before any expedition gets anywhere near to touching down on an exoplanet...

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Hi Vladimir. The Board is Yours for Now to Lead with LOVE*

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    1. jphb

      Re: Hi Vladimir. The Board is Yours for Now to Lead with LOVE*

      Eh?

    2. batfink

      Re: Hi Vladimir. The Board is Yours for Now to Lead with LOVE*

      Well if anyone around here speaks for the extraterrestrials it's amanfrommars...

    3. Alistair Silver badge
      Windows

      Re: Hi Vladimir. The Board is Yours for Now to Lead with LOVE*

      @aMfM:

      Yes, but is that board a carpenters dream or something just a bit wider, longer and better polished. It seems to me that the *chair* is the subject that needs more coverage.

      And yes, they could be in formation process as much as destruction process. You know darned well it sells better if they are disintegrating.

      If Roscosmos were to get a bit more funding, its possible they could step out from simply being the 'bus company', but we all know that the oligarchy is far more about putting cash in their own pockets before doing things that make sense to the rest of the country.

    4. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

      Re: Hi Vladimir. The Board is Yours for Now to Lead with LOVE*

      ... Park life.

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hi Vladimir. The Board is Yours for Now to Lead with LOVE*

      More to email, please. Unbelieveable. Hope you know it.

  4. Agent Tick
    WTF?

    Exo Astronomy..

    ...the most useless industry/profession on planet earth

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Exo Astronomy..

      "...the most useless industry/profession on planet earth"

      ...and yet, the technology and research investment into optics, stabilisation, image enhancement, machine learning techniques and probably many others are all benefiting from it. Sometimes, it's not the end research that produces the best results for humanity as a whole, but the technology and techniques developed along the way, things that may or may not have been done without the targetted research project. Sometimes it's just bringing people from different disciplines together who might not have otherwise met and combining their knowledge. War tends to accelerate technological advancement, but I'd rather we got it from "blue sky projects" than more war.

    2. GrapeBunch Bronze badge

      Re: Exo Astronomy..

      Sorry, I disagree. Exo-Biology is the subject with no subject matter.

    3. takyon
      Stop

      Re: Exo Astronomy..

      It's time (for you) to stop.

    4. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Exo Astronomy..

      How about if we just called it "Black Sky Research" Agent Thick?

  5. STOP_FORTH
    Trollface

    Statistics

    Granted, if we have found thousands of exo-planets you could infer that there are many more to find, given that the transit method only picks out systems where the the exo-planet passes in front of the star from our point of view.

    BUT you don't know that for certain, we may have found them all already.

    It's about time we stopped calling them exo-planets, surely? It sort of made sense when there were only a few of them. We don't call the stars in these systems exo-suns. We don't call the Andromeda Nebula an exo-galaxy.

    1. Kriilin

      Re: Statistics

      Well, in that case, we'll need a new word for planets not of our Solar System. It's understood that "sun" refers specifically to Sol, "our star" if you will. When we refer to "stars" it's implied that we're talking about any other stars that aren't Sol, unless otherwise stated.

    2. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Statistics

      It does make you wonder. If you look at our solar system from Pluto and just tilt things a little bit nothing goes in front of the sun!

    3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Statistics

      "BUT you don't know that for certain, we may have found them all already."

      Although not impossible, the odds are strongly against that supposition. We've barely looked at are own galaxy to date, let alone the billions of other galaxies. Actually, scratch that billions, it's more like trillions since we got a look at a tiny bit of "dark" sky courtesy of the first Hubble Deep Field images.

      I'll not bother quoting the full Douglas Adams "Space is big..." quote, we all know it now :-)

  6. Stevie Silver badge

    Bah!

    TEN YEARS?

    Ten years and it's dead?

    I hardly call that space-age telescoping.

  7. Conundrum1885

    Re. Bah

    Lest we forget space is filled with fast moving particles and nasty greasy radiation. Also it did well to last ten years, my car is more recent and has had major system failures.

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