Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA’s TESS Keeps Counting More

Dennis Overbye | New York Times
Monday, January 14, 2019

At the annual American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, NASA’s MIT-led TESS science team presented their astonishing initial results gathered in just four months since the instrument's first light—including recent ground-based confirmation of the satellite's third exoplanet discovery.

"NASA’s new planet-hunting machine, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is racking up scores of alien worlds. Less than a quarter of the way through a two-year search for nearby Earthlike worlds, TESS has already discovered 203 possible planets..." writes Dennis Overbye of the New York Times, who spoke to several members of the MIT-led mission's science team—including TESS Deputy Science Director Sara Seager, EAPS Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Sciences, who also holds joint appointments in MIT's Physics and AeroAstro.

Read the full story at the New York Times.



Other TESS news mentions

Nasa spacecraft spots gaseous planet three times the size of Earth (The Guardian)

Planet Hunter TESS Is Already Spotting Hundreds of Crazy New Worlds (Smithsonian Magazine)

NASA exoplanet hunter racks up bizarre worlds and exploding stars (Nature)

Scientists pleased with TESS exoplanet mission (Space News)

NASA’s New World-hunting Satellite Just Found Two More Exoplanets (Discover Magazine)

NASA’s new planet-hunting spacecraft TESS has found its third distant world (Verge)

NASA's planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries (CNN)

NASA Space Telescope Spots Its Third Planet (EOS)

Incredible First Discoveries From NASA's New Exoplanet-Hunting Spacecraft: TESS (Forbes)

Weird 'Sub-Neptune' exoplanet discovered by NASA (and it may not be alone) (FOX News)

Citizen Scientists Discover Potentially Habitable Planet (CBS St. Louis)

Less than a year after launch, TESS is already finding bizarre worlds (Science News)

NASA's TESS Mission Announces New Planets, Supernovae (Sky & Telescope) 

TESS Starts to Deliver (Air and Space Magazine)

Astronomers announce first exoplanets discovered by NASA’s TESS mission (Spaceflight Now)

Story Image: The first visible light image from TESS on Aug. 7, 2018. Newly confirmed planet, HD 21749b, is in the lower left quadrant of the third section in this image. (Credit NASA, MIT, TESS)