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Artificial intelligence spots a record-setting exoplanet

A sunlike star has eight planets circling it, making it the first outside our solar system known to host that many, Science News reports. Thanks to artificial intelligence, astronomers identified Kepler-90i, a rocky planet orbiting a star in the constellation Draco, about 2500 light-years from Earth, NASA announced yesterday in a teleconference. Researchers now want to use the neural network that detected Kepler-90i to search all 150,000 stars spotted by the Kepler telescope for other exoplanets. They say that systems like the one that hosts Kepler-90i, which is about 30% larger than Earth, are perfect for figuring out how planets form and evolve.

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