back to article Astronomers fire up AI algorithms to hunt Milky Way's hot Jupiters

Astronomers have uncovered a potential treasure trove of hot Jupiters, a rare class of exoplanet, in our galaxy. Hot Jupiters are a type of gas giant. They are physically similar to the Jupiter in our Solar System, and stay close to their parent star, completing their orbits in about a week. It is estimated that only one per …

  1. James 51
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    This is a good use of machine learning. Isn't stuff like this already going on already in big pharma research? I'm sure there will be lots of uses for this kind of data sifting technology. It will be up to the researchers to determine if it's gold or iron pyrite.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Agreed. This is definitely a domain where I totally subscribe to Big Data and assorted data mining techniques. There is a lot of data already existing and we probably need many, many times more than what we have. It is impossible for any size group of humans to go through it all hunting for specific data markers or worse, correlations. Machines have to help us here and we will learn with them how to better train them to help us.

  2. John Mangan

    "Only 1% of stars host Hot Jupiters"

    So, in a galaxy of 100 billion stars, that 1 billion Hot Jupiters.

    What other wonders await?

  3. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    "Doppler spectroscopy will detect the periodic shift in the star’s radial velocity; "

    Caused by a planet very much smaller (although still very big by Earth standards) that itself.

    This is a very high standard of boffinry indeed.

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