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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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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


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TESS Weekly Bulletin: October 30th

STATUS UPDATE: The Cycle 4 solicitation is now available on NSPIRES. The Phase-1 deadline is January 22nd 2021

Welcome TESS followers to a special Halloween edition of the TESS news bulletin! This week we have three papers from the archive in addition to a new spooky feature!.

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Cycle 4 Proposal Deadline January 22

The Cycle 4 NASA Research Announcment has been release with details of the upcoming proposal call. Proposals will be due at 4.30pm on January 22, 2021. Cycle 4 observations begin in June 2021 and end in September 2022, covering observing sectors 40-56. Observations in Cycle 4 will cover the ...

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