A team of NASA astrophysicists has developed AI (artificial intelligence), which can determine the likelihood of planetary collisions. Information on this is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The system is called SPOCK. Its task: to predict the orbits of exoplanets and determine which of them will remain stable and which will collide with other planets or stars.
For most multi-planet systems, there are many possible orbital configurations, some of which can lead to collisions of bodies. Many of these development paths, possibly in a few million years, will turn the system into a ball of intersecting orbits. The aim of the study was to eliminate these so-called “quick instabilities”.
We cannot say for sure: this planetary system will explode soon. The goal of this AI is to eliminate all planets that have already survived the collision and do not currently exist.
Daniel Tamayo, NASA Astrophysicist
According to Tamayo, the new method will provide a clearer picture of the orbital architectures of planetary systems outside of our universe.