Astronomy breakthrough: Machine learning confirms 50 new planets in world-first discovery

The new planets are as big as Neptune or as small as Earth, with orbits ranging from 200 days to just one.

Dr David Armstrong, from the University of Warwick Department of Physics, said: “The algorithm we have developed lets us take fifty candidates across the threshold for planet validation, upgrading them to real planets.

“We hope to apply this technique to large samples of candidates from current and future missions like TESS and PLATO.

“In terms of planet validation, no-one has used a machine learning technique before.”

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