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First Results and the Bright Future of the TESS Mission

Thursday March 7, 2019
2:00 pm

 Presenter:  Diana Dragomir (MIT/UNM)
 Series:  Center for Astrophysics Research and Technologies Seminar Series
 Abstract:  Eight months into its primary mission, TESS has already brought about the discovery of exciting new exoplanet systems. I will describe the collaborative community process that leads from the discovery to the confirmation of TESS planets, and give an overview of TESS early results with an emphasis on those pertaining to small planets. 
One of the most compelling but also challenging outcomes of the TESS survey will be the discovery and characterization of planets with periods beyond ~20 days. I will present the first such exoplanet from TESS, and explore prospects for leveraging single-transit planet candidates to push to even longer periods.
Finally, I will discuss TESS’ growing impact on solar system, stellar, galactic and extragalactic science as well. 
 Host:  Gregory Taylor
 Location:  PAIS-2540, PAIS

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