( CNN) For the first time, eight planets have been acquired orbiting a remote superstar, Kepler-9 0, 2,545 light-years from Land in the Draco constellation, NASA announced Thursday. It be the first time that starring known to support as many planets as are orbiting our own sunshine, and researchers believe that this is the first of many to come.
Researchers had known that seven planets were orbiting the star. But Google Artificial Intelligence — which enables computers to “learn”– looked at archival data obtained by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler telescope and uncovered the eighth planet.
With the idea of eventually differentiating among exoplanets, Christopher Shallue, senior software engineer at Google AI in California, and Andrew Vanderburg, astronomer and NASA Sagan postdoctoral chap at the University of Texas, Austin, taught personal computers how to differentiate between images of cats and puppies.