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The TESS Mission’s First Earth-Like Planet Found in an Interesting Trio

9 Jan 2020, 18:24 UTC
The TESS Mission’s First Earth-Like Planet Found in an Interesting Trio
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Title: The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. I: Validation of the TOI-700 SystemAuthors: Emily A. Gilbert, Thomas Barclay, Joshua E. Schlieder, et al.First Author’s Institution: Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USAStatus: Submitted to AAS Journals, open access on arXivSince the discovery of the first planet outside of our solar system in 1992, the field of exoplanets has been booming with interesting finds. From the diamond planet orbiting a neutron star to the giant pink planet orbiting a star in the constellation of Virgo, telescopes all over the world have been racing to find the latest gem. Of particular interest are Earth-like planets. A team led by a graduate student at the University of Chicago report the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone found by the TESS mission, and its surroundings were quite a surprise to astronomers.
Searching for Planets in All the Right PlacesSome of the biggest questions we humans like to ask are, “Is there life out there in the universe?” and “Are there other solar systems out there with planets just like ours?” To answer these questions, astronomers have built larger and more advanced telescopes to try to find ...

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