18-12-2017 09:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Eight planets orbit a star just like our solar system
NASA’s Kepler space telescope and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has helped discover a solar system just like ours with eight planets orbiting a star. NASA in a statement said, "Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star."
However, experts have ruled out any possibility of life on the planets. The eight planets orbit a star called Kepler 90 some 2,545 light-years away.
Andrew Vanderburg, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin said that the Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. There are small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer.
Scientists have been able to find new planets by using machine learning from Google. Vanderburg states that one day, artificial intelligence might even be used to search specifically for more Earth-like planets, which have proven difficult to pin down.
The Kepler Space Telescope that was launched in 2009 has scanned some 150,000 stars. Using Kepler data, astronomers have already confirmed the existence of some 2,500 far-away worlds.
Vanderburg predicts that there may be systems out there with so many planets that they make our eight-planet solar system seem ordinary.