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FIRST LIGHT

On Tuesday, Aug 7th 2018 NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey took its “first light” science image. This image was of the Large Magellanic Cloud and the bright star R Doradus.

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Image Credit: NASA/MIT/TESS

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Comet Catching

Before NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey began science operations, the planet hunter sent back a stunning sequence of serendipitous images showing the motion of a comet. This is comet C/2018 N1, mapped here over a 17 hour period by TESS on June 25th 2018.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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Northern Sky Mosaic

During its second year of operation TESS observed the northern hemisphere. Combining 208 images taken by TESS, this mosaic of the northern sky was created. Many celestial objects can be seen within this image, but most noticeable is the arc of the Milky Way - our home.

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Image Credit: NASA/MIT/TESS and Ethan Kruse (USRA).

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Galactic Graveyard

MACS 2129-1 is a massive 'dead' disk galaxy. It stopped making stars only a few billion years after the Big Bang! It is now a cosmic cemetery of red dying stars.

For more information about this cosmic horror see here

Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech.

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Worlds orbiting other stars

The worlds orbiting other stars are called “exoplanets,” and they come in a wide variety of sizes, from gas giants larger than Jupiter to small, rocky planets about as big around as Earth or Mars. This rocky super-Earth is an illustration of the type of planet NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey can find.

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Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser.

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AU Mic b

AU Microscopii is among the youngest planetary system observed by astronomers. The planet is located less than 32 light-years from Earth and its host star throws vicious temper tantrums!

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Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech.

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LHS 3844b

Discovered in 2018 by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey, LHS 3844b is a rocky planet located 48.6 light-years away with a radius 1.3 times that of Earth. The host to this planet is a cool M dwarf star, one of the most common and long-lived type stars in our galaxy.

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Image Credit:/JPL-Caltech


News for scientists

TESS Weekly Bulletin: March 17th

STATUS UPDATE: The Cycle 5 proposal deadline is this Friday - March 18th, 2022 at 4:30pm EDT. Find out more here

Welcome TESS followers to our latest news bulletin.

Before we highlight some of the more recent papers from the archive, we would like to introduce you to the two ...

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TESS AAS Splinter Session

Welcome TESS followers to this special news bulletin.

With the cancellation of the Winter AAS #239 meeting in January, the organizers of the splinter session titled "Science from the TESS Extended Mission", have decided to take the meeting online. This virtual event will occur on Wednesday the 16th of February ...

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