NASA's newest planet hunter telescope shares first science image

NASA unveils first science images from TESS probe’s quest to spot alien planets

"TESS will explore 85% of the sky to search for exoplanets orbiting bright stars and our closest star neighbors, told Newsweek in August, Martin Steele, NASA program scientist at headquarters, TESS". The brightest stars within the image, Beta Gruis and R Doradus, saturated an entire column of camera detector pixels at the satellite's moment and fourth cameras.

TESS has four telescopes with matrices a resolution of 16.8 megapixels, each of which has a field of view of 24 by 24 degrees. The satellite has completed its first orbit and part of the data from that first orbit includes this detailed image of the southern sky taken with the quartet of wide-field cameras TESS fields.

The probe's exemplary inaugural science image is the first look at TESS's unique approach to planet hunting. “This first light science image shows the capabilities of TESS cameras, and shows that the mission will realize its incredible potential in our search for another Earth.”.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) snapped a photo using its four wide-field cameras on August 7, almost four months after it blasted off from Cape Canaveral. The image above is just a portion of the full image - the bright part on the right is the Large Magellanic Cloud, while the bright star R Doradus is on the left. NASA had previously shared a two-2nd take a look at exposure image of space that TESS had concerned in fully 1 digicam during its checking out segment.

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"This swath of the sky's southern hemisphere includes more than a dozen stars we know have transiting planets based on previous studies from ground observatories", George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, said in a news release. The satellite's target stars are 30 to 300 light-years away, 30 to 100 times brighter than the targets Kepler has, which are also much further away. Paul Hertz, director of NASA's astrophysics division, said in a statement.

It's the same technique used by NASA's Kepler telescope, which focused on a small patch of sky that straddled the northern constellations Lyra and Cygnus.

In its first year of operation, it will map the 13 sectors that make up the southern sky. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and a new generation of ground-based telescopes will be well-suited for the follow-up work. This is when the planet passes in front of its star (from the point of view of the observer), causing periodic and regular drop in brightness.

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