Artificial intelligence can help in the identification of astronomical objects

Artist’s impact of Euclid. Credit rating: ESA/ATG medialab (spacecraft) NASA, ESA, CXC, C. Ma, H. Ebeling and E. Barrett (U. Hawaii/IfA), et al. and STScI (background)

Classifying celestial objects is a extended-standing problem. With sources at close to unimaginable distances, often it can be complicated for scientists to distinguish in between objects these as stars, galaxies, quasars or supernovae.

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço’s (IA) researchers Pedro Cunha and Andrew Humphrey tried out to fix this classical dilemma by making SHEEP, a equipment-understanding algorithm that establishes the character of astronomical resources. Andrew Humphrey (IA & College of Porto, Portugal) responses: “The difficulty of classifying celestial objects is quite challenging, in conditions of the numbers and the complexity of the universe, and artificial intelligence is a really promising tool for this type of task.”

The 1st creator of the post, now published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pedro Cunha, a Ph.D. college student at IA and in the Dept. of Physics and the University of Porto, states, “This work was born as a facet challenge from my MSc thesis. It merged the lessons uncovered all through that time into a distinctive venture.”

Andrew Humphrey, Pedro Cunha’s MSc advisor and now Ph.D. co-advisor says, “It was incredibly interesting to get these types of an appealing result, specially from a master’s thesis.”

SHEEP is a supervised equipment learning pipeline that estimates photometric redshifts and utilizes this information when subsequently classifying the resources as a galaxy, quasar or star. “The photometric information and facts is the simplest to acquire and hence is incredibly significant to deliver a initial analysis about the mother nature of the observed sources,” states Pedro Cunha.

Animation of the Euclid spacecraft. Credit score: ESA/ATG medialab

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