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  • This has been a really fun week for Planet news.

  • First, thanks to artificial intelligence.

  • Researchers from NASA and Google announced last week that they found two new sneaky exoplanets.

  • The first comes from the star system, Kepler 90.

  • It's around 2500 light years away, and we used to think it hosted seven planets.

  • Surprised there's actually an eighth planet sneaking around in there, now called Coupler 90 I.

  • The second is from the Star couple of 80 a star that lives only about 1100 light years away.

  • We had thought there were only five planets around there, but now scientists have found 1/6 called Kepler a B G.

  • The reason we, Mrs Before, is tied to how the Coupler Space telescope, which we used to study these stars, looks for planets that uses the transit method, which measures the star's light intensity to see if there are any dips in brightness.

  • If you find a regularly timed light dip, it means something is passing in front of the star and you've probably got something orbiting in.

  • There is not.

  • That is really good at detecting planets that are big or have a really wide orbit, or both.

  • Thanks to perspective, bigger planets cause bigger tips, and if the planets further out from its star, it'll obscure Maur of it compared to a similarly sized planet close in.

  • But these new planets were stealthy and harder to detect.

  • Help their 90 iess small only slightly bigger than Earth and closer to its star than mercury is to the sun.

  • Meanwhile, coupler 80 G is probably lined up with and obscured by other planets in its neighborhood.

  • The telescope could still detect them, but their signals were too small for our older programs to flag or for a human to notice.

  • But now, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, computers can teach themselves, had a better recognize signals, and they're getting so good that they confined planets those other programs overlooked.

  • The scientists who made the discoveries used a machine learning programs to pick apart the stars.

  • Datasets machine learning is when a computer uses algorithms called neural networks to detect patterns in sets of data and to make extrapolations based on those patterns.

  • This is how we learn to, and like us, a computer can get better at this overtime.

  • Before analyzing the couple of 80 and 90 data, the scientists trained their neural networks using data sets that we already knew contained transiting planets.

  • They wanted to see how well the computer could tell the difference between an actual planet and a false positive based on things like how its brightness changed over time.

  • And it turns out it could do this really well.

  • Like almost 99% of the time.

  • It's correct.

  • So then they fed the network more data from the Kepler Space Telescope, this time from almost 700 systems where we'd already found planets just in case there are more undetected ones.

  • And by doing this, they found coupler 90 i and 80 g detecting those tiny signals that we've missed.

  • Of course, this is exciting because their new planets and every new planet means that our vision of the universe has to get more vast.

  • But it also means for getting better at processing the absolute mountain of Kepler Space Telescope data that exists couple has been sending data back to us way faster than we've been able to get through it.

  • So using neural networks to process all that data makes a lot of sense, and as they get faster and more powerful, will have even more amazing tools for getting to know the universe.

  • And closer to home, we're still learning things about our best friend Mars.

  • This Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists published a paper that might help explain where some of Mars is water went.

  • We've known for years that our neighbouring planet doesn't have a lot of water, even though it used to be.

  • Part of the reason Mars is so dry is because it no longer has a strong magnetic field.

  • Without that, Mars couldn't retain its atmosphere, so the atmospheric pressure dropped low enough that water evaporated.

  • But that also isn't the whole story.

  • The magnetic field problem can account for a lot of the water loss, but not all of it.

  • The scientists have been on the hunt for the rest of that water or whatever made it disappear, and now they think they found the culprit.

  • Spongy rocks billions of years ago, Mars had a ton of water and active volcanoes, so the planet's crust is mostly bas L, a volcanic rock that conform when water and lava meet.

  • It also contains Sir Pen Tonight's a type of rock that can also form after interactions with water, which all seemed pretty suspicious.

  • So the scientists built a computer model of the planet's early geology and geochemistry to investigate, and they found that the assault specifically might be responsible for the missing water.

  • Their model shows that when water and lobbies reacted to form the assault, a lot of that water got incorporated right into the rock.

  • Mars is basil has a lot more iron oxides in it than the kind on earth, which creates different types of minerals in the rock.

  • And that mix of minerals can hold about 25% more water.

  • So Mars is basalt, probably trapped aton of water like a sponge.

  • That water eventually made its way down into the mantle, the region of a planet just below the crest, probably because the hydrated assault got buried under a bunch of lava flows.

  • So that's where they think the water is deep underground, chilling in Mars's mantle.

  • Well, not exactly chilling.

  • It's pretty warm down there.

  • Now.

  • It's still possible that there other reasons for Mars is disappearing.

  • Water like it could have ended up in ice closer to the surface will need more observations to be sure.

  • But we are definitely getting closer to an answer.

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