NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, known as TESS, is the perfect tool for the job when it comes to discovering distant exoplanets and new solar systems. An international team of astronomers recently announced the discovery of three hot planets that are larger than Earth orbiting a star that’s a much younger version of the Sun called TOI 451. The system … Continue reading
SpaceX recently won a contract that will see it launch an important astrophysics mission into Earth orbit for NASA. The contract will have SpaceX put the NASA SPHEREx spacecraft into orbit as early as 2024. SPHEREx stands for Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoque of Reionization, and Ices Explorer. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced the contract award in … Continue reading
A group of high school students have possibly become the youngest astronomers to make a major discovery ever. The students published findings this week as part of a research mentorship program from the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and the Smithsonian. The students discovered a five-planet system around TOI-1233 that includes a super-Earth planet that have the potential to help … Continue reading
The cosmic ballet goes on Astronomers have discovered the first-known “sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system,” after a neural network flagged it up in data collected by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).…
NASA’s TESS has discovered a distant star system that scientist Brian Powell says exist against all odds. Powell is a data scientist at the NASA High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center. The star system in question is called TIC 168789840 and is 1900 light-years away from us. The star system has three binary pairs of stars revolving around three … Continue reading
NASA has discovered an exoplanet with three stars, one with a bizarre orbit that has left astronomers baffled.
A number of planets described as Super-Earths have been discovered in recent memory, but researchers have recently spotted one unlike any other found to date.
NASA began operating the Kepler mission in 2009. The space telescope spotted a planet estimated to be about half the size of Saturn in a multiple-star system called KOI-5Ab. That was the second planet candidate ever discovered by Kepler but was ultimately ignored. Kepler operated until 2018 and discovered 2394 planets orbiting stars beyond the sun. The mission also found … Continue reading
The coronavirus pandemic has been the focal point for almost everyone on the planet in 2020, but there have been a number of achievements this year for those looking beyond Earth.
Only 12 light years from Earth, Tau Ceti is the closest single star similar to the Sun and an all-time favorite in sci-fi stories. Habitable worlds orbiting Tau Ceti were destinations of fictional starships like “The Expanse”‘s Nauvoo and “Barbarella”’s vessel. “Star Trek”’s Captain Picard also frequented an exotic bar in the system. Now, thanks to a new approach to analyzing nearby planetary systems, we have a deeper understanding of the actual worlds that orbit Tau Ceti and many other nearby stars. Exoplanets – worlds around other stars – have long been staples of science fiction but remained mostly inaccessible… This story continues at The Next Web
A team of astronomers has used data gathered from TESS and the Spitzer space telescope to investigate the atmosphere of a distant planet known as LTT 9779b. The planet is described as a “hot Neptune,” and the study marks the first time the atmosphere of this exoplanet was studied. Researchers performed the first spectral atmospheric characterization and global temperature map … Continue reading
We're busy seeking signs of alien life in the universe, but alien life might be staring right back at us.
Scientists have discovered two planets orbiting a red dwarf, including a "Super-Earth," just 120 light-years from Earth.
The image below is a panoramic shot of a familiar sky captured by NASA’s TESS spacecraft. The panorama is a composite image assembled from 208 individual pictures. So far, TESS has imaged about 75 percent of the sky in its two-year-long mission that is still going on. Among its accomplishments so far is the discovery of 74 exoplanets. Astronomers working … Continue reading
Starting this week, NASA’s invited the public to look through their files. They’ve launched a project called Planet Patrol, and they’ve invited the public to go ahead and dive right in. This project is made possible by the data and images collected by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, otherwise known as TESS. Part of the project includes weeding out false … Continue reading
This week, researchers have uncovered a new astronomical oddity: A planet several times the size of the dead star it orbits.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the space agency’s retired Spitzer Space Telescope have been used to spot the first possible ‘survivor’ planet hugging a white dwarf star.
NASA has announced that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope discovered the first intact planet found closely orbiting a white dwarf star. The white dwarf star is the dense remnant of a Sun-like star that is only 40 percent larger than the Earth. The planet orbiting the star is the size of Jupiter and … Continue reading
The white dwarf, WD 1856, provides a snapshot of the fate that awaits our own solar system.
The white dwarf, WD 1856, provides a snapshot of what could happen in our own solar system.