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A.I. spots thousands of unidentified craters on the moon

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The moon is under constant bombardment by meteorites and asteroids that can leave massive craters on its surface.

The Aitken basin, the largest impact crater on the lunar surface, has a diameter equivalent to the distance from London to Athens, Greece.

But not all craters are so noticeable — most are relatively insignificant.

Thousands of previously unknown craters have been spotted on the moon thanks to an artificial intelligence program designed by researchers at the University of Toronto.

powered method that autocratically identifies craters on the surface of the moon, and possibly other bodies,” Mohamad Ali-Dib, a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Planetary Sciences who worked on the project, told Digital Trends.

“It will allow scientists to find and measure craters down to scales smaller than ever, and on more solar system bodies than previously possible.

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