NASA invites coders to develop new AI/ML algorithm to identify sun-grazing comets

As part of the Open Source Science Initiative (OSSI), NASA is inviting coders to develop a new artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithm to help astronomers identify comets.

NASA’s OSSI is a comprehensive program of activities to enable and support the evolution of science toward openness, including policy adjustments, support for open source software, and enabling cyber infrastructure.

The new “NASA SOHO Comet Search with Artificial Intelligence” challenge will start on January 17 and will last for four weeks. It includes a marathon match or data science challenge to create solutions that detect very faint comets and track their movements in sequences of telescope images. Competitors whose algorithms identify previously unobserved comets will receive official comet discovery credit.

For more details on the NASA Comet Discovery Challenge, visit the official website.

Launched in December 1995, SOHO is a joint NASA-ESA Solar & Heliospheric Observatory mission that studies the Sun from its interior to its outer atmosphere, with an uninterrupted view from its vantage point between the Sun and Earth. Considered one of NASA’s most successful missions of all time, it discovered thousands of new comets as well as new dynamic solar phenomena such as coronal waves and solar tornadoes.

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