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July 29 – August 4, 2019 / Vol 38, No 30 / Hawai’i Island, USA

26 Jul 2019, 19:59 UTC
July 29 – August 4, 2019 / Vol 38, No 30 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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MIT Conference Explores Interstellar Observations with TESS Exoplanet Telescope and Future Mission Prospects
The 1st TESS Science Conference being held the last week of SpaceMonth July 29 – August 2 at MIT in Cambridge MA. It will focus on data dedicated to exoplanets, stellar binaries, variable stars, Solar System asteroids and comets, extragalactic astronomy, and astroseismology (study of star interiors). The Scientific Organizing Committee includes (T-B) Jessie Christiansen from NExScI, Sara Seager from MIT, Suzanne Aigrain from University of Oxford, and Andrew Howard from Caltech. The MIT-led, NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in highly elliptical HEO is beginning its 2nd year in space and transitioning from surveying southern ecliptic hemisphere to northern ecliptic hemisphere. It searches for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400x larger than that covered by Kepler, and is expected to find more than 20,000 exoplanets. So far it has found nearly 900 potential exoplanets. While 200-400B are estimated to exist in Milky Way Galaxy, 4,016 exoplanets total have been confirmed from various missions to date. Some potentially habitable exoplanets have been found around stars Teegarden (12 LY away in Aries), K2-72 (227 LY in Aquarius) and Trappist-1 (39.6 LY in Aquarius). Trappist-1 is ...

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