Scientists have found incredible evidence of a solar system very much like ours that could lead to major astronomical breakthroughs.
Scientists have just made a massive discovery about a solar system very similar to our own, and it could have major implications to our understanding of how life itself began, and how strong a possibility there is the alien life exists somewhere. NASA’s Kepler space telescope has confirmed the existence of an eighth planet circle a Sun-like star about 2,500 light-year from Earth.
Kepler-90i, an extremely hot planet that orbits its host star ever 14.4 days was found thanks to artificial intelligence provided by Google. Computers use AI to learn to identify planets using data from Kepler, and they discovered that this fascinating solar system very much resembles are own in many ways.
It is a discovery that shows that NASA’s Kepler space telescope continues to have more amazing discoveries that could provide more clues about the possibility of life outside of Earth. It also demonstrates that there is a huge amount of information gathered by NASA satellites that could be used for many scientific discoveries in the future.
“Just as we expected, there are exciting discoveries lurking in our archived Kepler data, waiting for the right tool or technology to unearth them,” said Paul Hertz, director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division in Washington. “This finding shows that our data will be a treasure trove available to innovative researchers for years to come.”
“The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system. You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer,” said researcher Andrew Vanderburg, a NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow and astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin.