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Astronomy bot speeds up search for Jupiter’s twins

Astronomers have a new tool in their search for extraterrestrial life – a sophisticated bot that helps identify stars hosting planets similar to Jupiter and Saturn.

These giant planets’ faraway twins may protect life in other solar systems, but they aren’t bright enough to be viewed directly.  Scientists find them based on properties they can observe in the stars they orbit. The challenge for planet hunters is that in our galaxy alone, there are roughly 200 billion stars.

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