NASA's planet hunter shares first image

TESS sky image

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

The image holds a myriad of constellations ranging from Capricornus to Pictor as well as both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, which are the galaxies nearest to ours. In contrast, TESS will survey about 85 percent of the night sky, targeting stars that are 30 to 300 light-years away.

Orbital Observatory TESS gave to the Earth its first picture of the patch of sky in the southern hemisphere. The range of vision of the device in TESS is 400 times larger than Kepler. TESS was launched into space in April 2018 and is created to search for exoplanets by the transit method, photometry, it monitors the brightness variations of the star during the passage of the planet on its disk. "Dawn" is the high quality time frame aged to inform the first time a telescope acquires pictures.On the different hand, or no longer it's a ways rarely any longer the first time TESS has beamed an image help to Earth.

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.

NASA's Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director, said: "In a sea of stars brimming with new worlds, TESS is casting a wide net and will haul in a bounty of promising planets for further study,".

TESS's cameras, designed and built by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, and the MIT Kavli Institute, monitor large swaths of the sky to look for transits.

It detects the variations in the brightness of the distant stars to see if the planets are moving around them.

TESS view of southern sky
NASA shares stunning 'first light' image from new TESS spacecraft

The first year of operations will have TESS studying 13 sectors of the southern sky.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) captured this strip of stars and galaxies in the southern sky during one 30-minute period on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The stars which become its targets are in fact 30 to 300 light years away and nearly 30 to 100 times brighter when compared to Kepler's targets which too are 300 to 3,000 light years away.

NASA just released the first science image captured by Tess, though it was actually taken in early August.

By studying objects much brighter than the Kepler targets, it's hoped TESS could uncover new clues on the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.

The James Webb Space Telescope and other space and ground observatories will use spectroscopy to learn more about the planets TESS finds, including their atmospheric compositions, masses and densities. That data will be combed and, it's expected, will yield countless new exoplanet discoveries.

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