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AI Tool Discovers Supernova

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A deep-space image shows the galaxy where the supernova happened.

A tool called the Bright Transient Survey Bot, or BTSbot, was used to find, identify, and classify a supernova.

Credit: Perimeter Institute/NASA/JPL-Caltech

An international team of researchers created an artificial intelligence (AI)-based system able to discover and verify supernovas.

Northwestern University's Adam Miller said, "For the first time ever, a series of robots and AI algorithms has observed, then identified, then communicated with another telescope to finally confirm the discovery of a supernova."

The researchers said the Bright Transient Survey Bot (BTSbot) identified the candidate object SN2023tyk as a supernova on Oct. 5, then requested additional information from the Palomar Observatory in California.

The SED Machine telescope collected data on the object's spectrum, which a California Institute of Technology-based algorithm analyzed to classify the object as a Type 1a supernova.

Northwestern's Nabeel Rehemtulla said BTSbot significantly "streamlines large studies of supernovas."

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