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

18 Feb 2020, 17:00 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 System
Authors: Emily A. Gilbert, Thomas Barclay, Joshua E. Schlieder, et al.
First Author’s Institution: University of Chicago
Status: Submitted to AJ
Artist’s impression of TESS observing planets orbiting a dwarf star. [NASA Goddard SFC]Since 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.
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