NASA's TESS Shares First Science Image in Hunt to Find New Worlds

Mindy Sparks
September 20, 2018

This is a way to detect things which are out of our solar system. It also features the Small and Large Magellanic clouds, two irregular dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way.

TESS is equipped with four cameras that allow it to cover 85% of the sky.

The newly released imagery was captured by TESS' four wide-field cameras during a 30-minute session on August 7.

Now, in a demonstration of its power, NASA is showing off the first science image the satellite has captured, and boy is it a beauty.

The probe's exemplary inaugural science image is the first look at TESS's unique approach to planet hunting.

'This first light science image shows the capabilities of TESS's cameras, and shows that the mission will realize its incredible potential in our search for another Earth'. "Dawn" is the high quality time frame aged to inform the first time a telescope acquires pictures.On the different hand, or no longer it's a ways rarely any longer the first time TESS has beamed an image help to Earth.

The image includes parts of a dozen constellations according to NASA running the gamut from Capricornus to Pictor.

TESS view of southern sky
NASA shares stunning 'first light' image from new TESS spacecraft

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) took this snapshot of the Large Magellanic Cloud (right) and the bright star R Doradus (left) with just a single detector of one of its cameras.

"This swath of the sky's southern hemisphere includes more than a dozen stars we know have transiting planets based on previous studies from ground observatories", said George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

If we're going to find life in the cosmos, it's a good idea to look for other planets. Paul Hertz, director of NASA's astrophysics division, said in a statement. NASA plans for TESS to spend two years monitoring 26 sectors of the sky for 27 days each.

It's the same technique used by NASA's Kepler telescope, which focused on a small patch of sky that straddled the northern constellations Lyra and Cygnus.

NASA has released the first image from its new space telescope. It was launched in April but took some time to actually work for the science objectives. TESS will spend a year or so on the southern hemisphere and then work its way to the northern hemisphere, collecting an huge amount of data and relaying it back to scientists on Earth.

TESS will scan a much larger region of the sky than Kepler did - and one that is closer to Earth.


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