A planet hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond ours, discovered two new distant planets this week 5 months after its launch.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, better known as TESS, made an early discovery of “Super Earth” and “Hot Earth” planets in solar systems at least 49 light years far from earth. This made the satellite’s first discovery after 5 months after its launch.
Both the planets which were discovered are not suitable for life to exist.
With four special cameras, TESS uses a detection method called the transit photometry, which looks for periodic dips in the visible light of stars caused by planets passing, or transiting, in front of them