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AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data

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A Hubble Space Telescope image of a large disk galaxy.

A new deep-learning framework called Morpheus can perform pixel-level morphological classifications of objects in astronomical images.

Credit: NASA/STScI

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) program that can analyze image data to detect and classify galaxies and stars in large datasets from astronomical surveys.

Morpheus is a deep learning framework that utilizes AI technologies developed for applications like image and speech recognition.

The algorithm employs as input the original image data in standard digital file format used by astronomers, with pixel-level classification to handle complicated images.

UCSC's Ryan Hausen said, "Morpheus provides detection and morphological classification ... at a level of granularity that doesn't currently exist."

From UC Santa Cruz Newscenter
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