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NASA’s exoplanet hunter finished its mission… sort of

August 12th, 2020

NASA’s TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, has completed its primary mission and will now move on to an extended mission where it will continue to hunt for new worlds. TESS has already spotted at least 66 new planets, and scientists are working to confirm the discovery of another 2,100 or so. The spacecraft will …

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A 17-year-old NASA intern just discovered a brand new planet

January 10th, 2020

I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 years old, I wasn’t doing very much planet-hunting. Wolf Cukier of Scarsdale High School is different. Not only was he accepted as an intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center after his junior year, but he also managed to make a name for himself just …

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NASA’s TESS spots possible ‘second Earth’ nearby

January 7th, 2020

In the exoplanet-hunting game, scientists are collecting discoveries faster than they can actually sit back and study them. There’s a lot of planets out there, but the most exciting ones are those that have the potential to host life and are most like our own Earth in terms of temperature and composition. Now, researchers using …

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NASA spots distant star being torn apart by a hungry black hole

September 29th, 2019

Black holes are devastatingly powerful forces of nature, and nothing demonstrates their incredible might quite like seeing one tear apart a star. Recently, NASA’s sky-scanning TESS satellite caught a glimpse of that exact scenario playing out at the heart of a galaxy 375 million light-years away. In a new paper published in The Astrophysical Journal, …

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NASA’s TESS planet hunter just spotted a trio of new worlds

July 30th, 2019

NASA’s TESS — Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — has been scanning the skies for a little over a year now and it’s already returned a massive treasure trove of discoveries. One of its more recent discoveries also happens to be one of its most exciting. In a new paper published in Nature Astronomy, scientists reveal …