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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

(TESS)
(observatory-satellite searching for transiting exoplanets)

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a spacecraft intended to survey 2,000,000 nearby stars for transiting planets, launched in March 1918 for a 2-year primary mission. It uses four wide-angle telescopes and stores three months' data, allowing it to send down only promising examples. It aims for stars brighter than 12 magnitudes, G-type stars and K-type stars, as well as nearby M dwarves, small M-type stars.

TOI stands for TESS object of interest, a term for a possible planet, i.e., the location of observations that appear to reveal a transiting planet. TFOP (for TESS Follow-up Observation Program) is an effort to investigate TESS discoveries, e.g., to confirm whether a TOI is a planet.


(telescope,reflector,spacecraft,transits,exoplanets,NASA,transients)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transiting_Exoplanet_Survey_Satellite
https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/
http://tess.mit.edu/

Referenced by:
HEASARC
K2
NASA

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