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Astronomers develop new AI software to sharpen photos from ground-based telescopes

Astronomers have recently developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) software that can sharpen images taken from ground-based telescopes. The AI software, called DeepSky, is able to take blurry photos and unblur them using deep learning algorithms. This technology could revolutionize the way astronomers observe distant galaxies and stars.

The team of researchers behind DeepSky was led by Dr. Christopher Wren at the University of California Santa Cruz’s Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO). They used data from the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona to train their AI model on how to unblur images taken with ground-based telescopes. The telescope has two 8-meter mirrors that are separated by 14 meters, which allows it to capture wide fields of view with high resolution.

The team trained their AI model on over 10 million pairs of blurred and sharpened images taken from the telescope’s archives. After training, they tested out their model on real world data sets and found that it was able to successfully unblur images up to five times better than existing methods used by astronomers today.

DeepSky works by taking an image captured through a telescope lens and then running it through its deep learning algorithm which identifies features in the image such as edges or shapes before applying a blur filter onto those features so they appear sharper when viewed again through a telescope lens. It also uses an adaptive optics system which adjusts for atmospheric turbulence caused by air currents or other environmental factors that can cause blurring in photographs taken from Earth’s surface instead of space based observatories like Hubble Space Telescope or Chandra X-ray Observatory .
This technology could be incredibly useful for amateur astronomers who don’t have access to expensive space based observatories but still want clear pictures of distant galaxies or stars without having spend thousands on specialized equipment like adaptive optics systems or large binocular telescopes .

DeepSky is just one example of how artificial intelligence can be applied in astronomy research , but there are many more applications being explored right now including automated detection systems for exoplanets , supernovae , asteroids , comets , etc . With this kind of technology becoming increasingly accessible we may soon see even more breakthroughs in our understanding about what lies beyond our own planet .

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