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Volunteers and AI Spot Over 1,000 Unidentified Asteroids in Hubble Image

Volunteers and AI Spot Over 1,000 Unidentified Asteroids in Hubble Image

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The Hubble Space Telescope is known for grandiose images of the universe.

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Galaxies! Planets! Nebulae! But sometimes much smaller features, like the distinctive paths of photobombing asteroids, are the stars of the show.

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The combined efforts of citizen scientist volunteers and artificial intelligence turned up 1,701 asteroid trails hiding out in 1,316 Hubble images.

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Hubble is a joint project from NASA and the European Space Agency.

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"The project highlights Hubble's potential to image faint, previously unknown asteroids

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and represents a new approach to finding asteroids in astronomical archives spanning decades, which may be effectively applied to other datasets," the ESA Hubble team said in a statement on Friday.

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