In the latest development, NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope which is the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has now sent the first science image. The telescope has captured this image as a part of the initial round of data collection. This is being said that this part of the data which we have got from TESS initial science orbit has included a detailed picture of the southern sky with all the four of the spacecraft’s wide field cameras, as said by the NASA on Monday.
The image that it has shared with the researchers shows that it has got a wealth of stars as well as other objects that include systems which are known as exoplanets.
According to Paul Hertz, who is the Astrophysics Division Director at NASA headquarters in Washington has got a sea of stars which brims with the new worlds. TESS now seems to be casting a wide net which will be hauling in a bounty of promising planets for the further study. This is said to be the first science image which shows about the capabilities of TESS cameras. This new mission will soon be releasing the incredible potential in the search for the another Earth.
As per NASA, it said in a statement that TESS had acquired all the image with the help of the all the four cameras within a time span of about 30 minute period on 7th August 2018. The image of the dozen constellations which are from Capricornus to Pictoralong with big and small Magellanic Clouds as well as galaxies which are nearest to the owner.
It is said that the cameras that are present in the TESS are used to monitor large swaths of the sky to look for the transits. These transits occur when the planet passes in front of the star as they have viewed from the satellite’s perspective which causes a regular dip in the brightness of the star. This new planet hunter is based on the old planet hunter of NASA which is Kepler spacecraft.
TESS main target is to find the starts which are about 30 to 300 light years away and also about 30 to 100 times brighter than Kepler’s targets.
As per principal investigator of TESS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge, the swath of the southern sky has got about dozen stars which are transiting planets based on previous studies.