exoplanet detection

Goodbye Kepler, hello TESS: Passing the baton in the search for distant planets

Goodbye Kepler, hello TESS: Passing the baton in the search for distant planets

For centuries, human beings have wondered about the possibility of other Earths orbiting distant stars. Perhaps some of these alien worlds would harbor strange forms of life or have unique and telling histories or futures. But it was only in 1995 that astronomers spotted the first planets orbiting sunlike stars outside of our solar system.