Lauren Saccone
December 15, 2017 11:28 am

If you’re looking for a super-powered scientific team, look no further than Google and NASA. The two companies joined forces to see what they could discover in outer space, and the results have been astonishing. On Thursday, December 14th, they shared their discovery with the world: A previously unknown planet in another solar system.

This solar system wasn’t a totally new revelation to astronomers. Called Kepler-90, it’s been showing up on radars for some time now. But, by using software developed by Google, NASA was able to locate the previously unknown planet by sifting through already existing data.

Basically, Google’s AI found Kepler-9oi by doing what humans lacked the time and resources to do. There were literally tens of thousands of data points to work through, and human scientists simply couldn’t process the workload.

According to investigations, the planet (known as Kepler-9oi) is a hot and rocky environment. It circles a star similar to our own sun, about 2,500 light-years away from Earth. Google employed an artificial intelligence system which pored over all the data previously recorded by NASA. The AI had to go over around 150,000 stars to find even a hint that the planet existed.

And although the planet marks a fascinating discovery, it’s likely not a place that future generations will want to explore. The surface temperature is estimated to be around a balmy 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

While this new planet doesn’t sound like the outer space vacation spot some might be hoping for, it’s an exciting and promising discovery that could lead to a deeper understanding of the universe in which we all live. Just more proof that science is cool AF.

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