This week, Google Research released the AI code used in the discovery of two new exoplanets. Their article includes an accessible intro to planet hunting and machine learning for those interested in either topic.
The associated paper is mostly about the AI but includes a good sense of just what real planetary research looks like and how far it’s come: Shallue, C.J. & Vanderburg, A., 2017. Identifying Exoplanets with Deep Learning: A Five Planet Resonant Chain around Kepler-80 and an Eighth Planet around Kepler-90. The Astronomical Journal, 155(2), p.94.
There’s an interview with Chris Shallue, the lead author on the paper on the TWIMLAI podcast which makes interesting listening for anyone interested in machine learning, AI or exoplanetary research.