NASA’s Planet-Hunting Satellite Begins The Search For Alien Worlds

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NASA's New Planet Hunter Begins Its Search for Alien Worlds

The main difference of the new mission is that scientists will investigate objects that have been deleted no further than 300 light years Kepler studied the stars within three thousand light-years.

After a successful launch in April this year, NASA's newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has now started its search for planets around nearby stars.

"Now we are well aware that the planets in the Universe is more than stars, and I look forward to the opening of the extremely freakish and just plain weird worlds", said Paul Hertz (Paul Hertz), the head of the Astrophysics division of NASA.

NASA's newest planet-hunting telescope is officially at work.

TESS is now busy searching for exoplanets outside our solar system, and the first data that it obtains will be transmitted back to Earth in August. "Now that we know there are more planets than stars in our universe, I look forward to the unusual, fantastic worlds we're bound to discover". The science team is ready to analyse the data and would start looking for new planets as soon as the first series of data is transmitted.

Telescope Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Through a satellite to study exoplanets - approx. edition), jointly developed by MIT and NASA, was launched into space on 19 April 2018. It is expected that the spacecraft will find thousands of planets using this method until the end of its journey and some of the planets could potentially support life. A transit occurs when a planet passes in front of its star from the observer's perspective, causing a periodic and regular dip in the star's brightness.

The TESS telescope equipped with four telescopes with matrices a resolution of 16.8 megapixels, which operate in the spectral range from 600 to 1000 nanometers.

According to the TESS Science team, they expect TESS to send the data it will be collecting back to Earth in August, and then periodically after every 13.5 days, one for each orbit, when the spacecraft will be making its closest approach to Earth.

The mission isled and operated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. TESS will study stars 30 to 100 times brighter than Kepler targets and also cover an area of sky 400 times larger than that monitored by Kepler.

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