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This animation shows how a star’s light curve dips as a planet passes in front of it. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

canadian goose jacket The TESS mission coincides with the debut of powerful new ground and space based observatories, including NASA’s James Webb Space Telescopethatis scheduled to launch in 2020. If a TESS planet has an atmosphere, these instruments may be able to sense the way it alters the starlight that filters through it. That research could reveal “biosignatures” molecules including oxygen and uk canada goose methane that are often generated by living organisms. canadian goose jacket

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Even if TESS does not immediately find possible homes for alien life, it will essentially conduct a census of our galactic neighborhood, offering other insights into planets and solar systems.

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“TESS is very Canada Goose Outlet much a trash treasure sort of mission,” said Natalia Guerrero, deputy manager for the TESS Objects of Interest team. Looking at light from across the whole sky, she said, it willinevitably find something to satisfy almost everyone in the astronomy community.


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