TESS telescope detects over 2,200 exoplanet candidates

TESS telescope detects over 2,200 exoplanet candidates


The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spoke about the implementation of the TESS project, aimed at finding planets outside the solar system.

As part of the TESS mission, or Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, we recall that a specialized space telescope was launched in April 2018. To search for exoplanets, he uses the method of transits: changes in the radiation of a star are recorded as a result of the passage of a planet in front of its disk.

NASA reported that the TESS observatory has detected more than 2,200 exoplanet candidates that are near nearby stars. Many of these bodies are relatively small objects, possibly with rocky surfaces. According to certain characteristics, such planets are similar to the Earth.

In particular, a number of very interesting discoveries have been made. For example, a mini-Neptune Pi Mensae c has been discovered orbiting a star at a distance of about 60 light-years from us.

In addition, an Earth-like exoplanet TOI-700 d has been discovered in the habitable zone. This body orbits the cold red dwarf TOI 700, located a little over 100 light-years from us.

And the hot super-Earth LHS 3844 b stands out for its short orbital period: a year here lasts only 11 hours. More information on the TESS discoveries can be found here.

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