Revolutionary Satellite Promises to Discover Thousands of Exoplanets
Scientists believe over the next two years, TESS could discover thousands of exoplanets in the Milky Way Galaxy. TESS will monitor more than 200,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. As the first-ever space-borne all-sky transit survey, TESS is expected to provide much more detailed information than is possible through ground-based surveys and could discover an array of planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants that have a range of stellar types and orbital distances.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Director of Scientific Production, Dr. Morgan Rehnberg, explains, “The study of planets around other stars is the most exciting field in modern astronomy and the launch of TESS will provide an important new capability. By identifying the closest and most easily observable exoplanets, TESS will form the foundation for future observation around the world.”
Dr. Morgan Rehnberg will provide insight on TESS and answer your questions live on Facebook, today at 4PM CST. To learn more, or schedule an interview with Dr. Rehnberg, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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