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Another Goldilocks World and the Space Telescope That Discovered It

12 Feb 2020, 16:00 UTC
Another Goldilocks World and the Space Telescope That Discovered It
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Another near Earth-sized planet has been found in the habitable zone around a distant star, discovered by a powerful space telescope named TESS.The planet has the less than romantic name TOI 700 d, but its discovery has generated passion among those searching for another Earth, including Emily Gilbert. The graduate student is lead author of a paper about the new world. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, played a key role in its discovery. MIT planetary scientist and astrophysicist Sara Seager returns to tell us about this powerful tool and more. We also visit with the leader of NASA heliophysics research as she awaits launch of the Solar Orbiter. Look out! The rubber asteroids are back on What’s Up!  Learn more and enter the contest at https://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2020/0212-2020-tess-toi700d-seager-gilbert.html

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