Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Deep Learning Analyzes Atmospheric Events on Saturn

Saturn is many times the size of Earth, so it’s only natural that its storms are more massive — lasting months, covering thousands of miles, and producing lightning bolts thousands of times more powerful. While scientists have access to galaxies of data on these storms, its sheer volume leaves traditional methods inadequate for studying the planet’s weather systems in their entirety.

Now AI is being used to launch into that trove of information. Researchers from University College London and the University of Arizona are working with data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which spent 13 years studying Saturn before disintegrating in the planet’s atmosphere in 2017.