NASA’s newest planet hunter has already found two potential exoplanets

Popular Science | 9/21/2018 | Staff
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The second planet candidate is closer to Earth, at just 49 light years away. This potentially Earth-sized world is also circling its star at a more breakneck speed, making a full orbit in just 11 hours.

TESS operates in a one-of-a-kind orbit around Earth, tracing an oval every 13 days that’s 232,000 miles away at its farthest point, and 67,000 miles away at its closest. During two years of these orbits, it will examine 400 times more of the night sky than any previous mission. In addition to...
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