17 years of the path of an exoplanet around a star shown in a video.  Use of artificial intelligence

Astronomers have already found thousands of exoplanets, and many of these worlds are nothing like Earth. These planets certainly include Beta Pictoris b, which is located tens of light years away from us. Scientists have observed this world for a long time. They decided to use the data collected in the years 2003-2020 to create a time-lapse movie. What is important 17 years of the road in just 10 seconds of video.

This data was collected from the 17-year orbital motion of Beta Pictoris b. Scientists decided to use it to image the orbit of an exoplanet. This is not complete information yet, because the world is in full circle from its star (Beta Pictoris). You need 23 years old. Despite this, the scientists used artificial intelligence and thanks to that, they were able to create a video that you can watch below.

“We need another six years of data before we can see the entire orbit. We’re almost done. Patience is key.” Jason Wang, Northwestern Research Lead and astrophysicist, said in a statement.

The AI ​​developed the material based on Beta Pictoris b data collected from three different sources. This is the SPHERE instrument attached to the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in the Atacama Desert region of northern Chile, NAOS+CONICA from the Paranal Observatory (NACO), and the Gemini Planet Imager of the Gemini Observatory.

Beta Pictoris b is an exoplanet that was relatively easy to spot for several reasons. First, it is very close to us – At a distance of 64 light years. Secondly, he is a real giant. Scientists have calculated that the world has A mass close to 12 Jupiter. So it is a gas giant of really large proportions.

The exoplanet orbits the star Beta Pictoris, which is about 1.75 times the size of the Sun and about 9 times brighter. In addition, it is a very small facility. Its age is estimated at about 26 million years. For comparison, the solar system is about 4.6 billion years old.

It is worth noting that many new exoplanet discoveries were made using NASA’s TESS telescope. It surveyed large parts of the sky, which were then analyzed for the presence of exoplanets.

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