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Astronomers use artificial intelligence to spot 6,000 new craters on the Moon

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It turns out that the same machine vision tools developed for tasks like guiding self-driving cars are also perfect for sorting through vast amounts of astronomical data.

So much so, that astronomers announced this month that they’d used AI to find 6,000 new craters on the Moon.

The Moon is estimated to have hundreds of thousands of craters, mostly caused by impacts with asteroids and meteors.

First, because the Moon has no atmosphere these objects have a free path down to the surface (unlike on Earth where air friction slows them down and reduces them in size); and second, because there’s no weather on the Moon, the marks they leave aren’t smoothed away by erosion.

The end result is the crater-faced satellite we all know.

But using AI to find these craters is important, as it demonstrates another way machine learning can automate a labor-intensive task.

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