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Did Kepler make major discovery with AI's help? Nasa to reveal on Thursday

Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence and demonstrates new ways of analysing Kepler data.

IANS  |  Washington 

Kepler (Photo: NASA/Ames Research Center/Wendy Stenzel)

has said its planet-hunting space telescope made its latest discovery using from Google.

The discovery will be announced at a media teleconference on December 14, said.

Besides scientists, Christopher Shallue, Senior Software Engineer at Google AI in Mountain View, California, will also attend the briefing.

is an approach to and demonstrates new ways of analysing data.

NASA's space telescope has gazed at more than 150,000 stars and continues to transmit back data that leads to important discoveries of celestial objects in our galaxy, including first-time observations of planets outside our

When Kepler launched in March 2009, scientists did not know how common planets were beyond the

Thanks to Kepler's treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky.

Kepler completed its prime mission in 2012 and went on to collect data for an additional year in an extended mission.

In 2014, the spacecraft began a new extended mission called K2, which continues the search for planets outside the solar system, known as exoplanets, while introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena.

First Published: Mon, December 11 2017. 15:00 IST