There are more than 350 new planets found in Kepler's data

There are more than 350 new planets found in Kepler's data

Recently, astronomers have confirmed the existence of 366 new worlds, in addition to the 4,569 planets already confirmed in our galaxy. How can we explain this incredible result? The answer lies in a new deep neural network called ExoMiner.

The Kepler Space Telescope, which ran out of fuel, passed out in October 2018, almost ten years after its launch, which will open up thousands of exoplanets that will revolutionize the view of extraterrestrial life, but despite this refusal, the work of exploring this incredible observatory still brings us surprises.

A few months ago, astronomers used a new deep neural network to find several hundred new worlds in our galaxy.

Deep neural networks

More recently, researchers have developed a new, more powerful, deep-seated neural network called ExoMiner, a project that uses the NASA Playades supercomputer and can distinguish real exoplanets from "falsifications".

This tool allowed researchers to sink into massive data sets that Kepler had collected during the last part of his life in orbit, freeing them from many years of analysis to produce an equally effective result.

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In total, ExoMiner was able to test 366 planets. Specifically, the planet is called "confirmed" when, after analysis, it seems unlikely that the data issuing its presence can be explained by other known phenomena, all of which have been confirmed in the remaining data set of "possible planets or candidates" that is available in Kepler's archives.

For those of interest, none of these new confirmed planets is Earthlike or in the inhabited area of their star. However, ExoMiner has yet said his last word. With a little refinement, researchers will be able to use the efficiency of this incredible array to analyse data from other telescopes, such as TESS, the forthcoming mission of the European Space Agency to study planetary transits and the variability of stars, or PLATO, which is scheduled to be launched in 2026.