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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - NASA's newest planet hunter starts science operations

01 August 2018

TESS will attempt to detect planets using a technique that has been used for many years already.

"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.

TESS is the latest spacecraft launched by NASA to look for exoplanets, which are planets that exist outside the solar system.

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.

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"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", Paul added.

NASA's newest TESS spacecraft officially starts search for exotic planets, the agency recently announced the news.

As of 20 January 2015 (according to the extrasolar planets Encyclopedia) reliably established the existence of exoplanets in 1900 1202 planetary system, 480 of which more than one planet.

For this reason, all of the most interesting discoveries will be explored further TESS of the largest ground-based telescopes that can open the planet for the shifts in the spectrum of their star, and built orbital Observatory "James Webb", which will replace the Hubble in the early 2020s. The change in light may indicate the presence of a planet that is passing in front of a star, making these areas prime spots to search. Each of its cameras has a 16.8-megapixel sensor covering a square 24 degrees wide - large enough to contain an entire constellation.

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The TESS mission aimed at monitoring the brightest and closest stars to Earth for periodic dips called transits in the light.

It will watch each observation sector for about 27 days before rotating to the next.

For updates on the progress of the mission, there is an official NASA TESS Twitter account, as well as an official website that the space agency has maintained since the development and construction stages of the telescope.

The TESS NASA mission is led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is being managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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TESS will focus on stars between 30 and 300 light-years away and 30 to 100 times brighter than Kepler's targets.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - NASA's newest planet hunter starts science operations