Artificial Intelligence sees into the Hearts of Messy Galaxies

An astrophysics student has turned to artificial intelligence to help her to see into the hearts of galaxies. ANU Ph.D. student Elise Hampton was inspired by neural networks to create a program to single out from thousands of galaxies the subjects of her study — the most turbulent and messy galaxies. “I love artificial intelligence. It was actually a very simple program to write, once I learnt how,” said Hampton, who is studying at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. “The program took eight minutes to analyze 300,000 data points from 1,188 galaxies. For one person to do it would have taken years.” Hampton is studying galaxies with brightly glowing centers powered by black holes that cause huge galactic winds. “We believe these winds blow so much material…

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