New AI tool that detects star flares could help us find habitable planets

A new AI system that detects flares erupting from stars could help astronomers find habitable planets, according to the tool’s inventors. The neural network detects the light patterns of a stellar flare — which can incinerate the atmospheres of planets forming nearby. The frequency and location of the flares can therefore indicate the best places to search for habitable planets. Astronomers normally look for the flares through a time-consuming process of analyzing measurements of star brightness by eye. The AI tool could make their work faster and more effective. The researchers trained the neural network on a dataset of identified flares and not-flares, and then…

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