Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The US Space Agency (NASA) failed to find an earth-shattering asteroid. This extraterrestrial object was even discovered by artificial intelligence or better known as AI.
The AI algorithm named ‘HelioLinc3D’ was actually created for the Vera Rubin Observatory facility in Northern Chile. Then, the algorithm identified dangerous asteroids that missed the identification of the human eye, it was reported New York TimesThursday (24/8/2023).
The asteroid, named 2022 SF289, is approximately 600 feet across and is predicted to reach Earth at a distance of 140,000 miles. As an illustration, that distance is about half the distance from Earth to the Moon.
The size of this asteroid is actually relatively small, making it difficult for the human eye to identify it. However, the impact is said to be able to destroy an entire city or country if it hits Earth.
The good news is that the asteroid won’t be coming to Earth any time soon. However, the fact that AI was able to detect it after the NASA team missed it, is an extraordinary achievement.
Moreover, the Rubin Observatory facility is actually not fully operational. Later, according to the Times report, this facility will take pictures of the sky every 3 nights.
Equipped with an accompanying algorithm, the camera can collect a lot of sky data that is useful for human knowledge.
“By demonstrating world conditions via software in Rubin, we can detect thousands of dangerous asteroids,” said University of Washington researcher Ari Henze, quoted from Futurism.
“The discovery of 2022 SF289 will keep us all safe,” he concluded.
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