NASA’s TESS Discovers Stellar Siblings Host ‘Teenage’ Exoplanets

Lincoln Astrophysics Team

Very exciting to be part of this discovery from early on in 2020, which has now been published today. The original article can be found here and below.

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Thanks to data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international collaboration of astronomers has identified four exoplanets, worlds beyond our solar system, orbiting a pair of related young stars called TOI 2076 and TOI 1807.

These worlds may provide scientists with a glimpse of a little-understood stage of planetary evolution.

“The planets in both systems are in a transitional, or teenage, phase of their life cycle,” said Christina Hedges, an astronomer at theBay Area Environmental Research Institutein Moffett Field andNASA’s Ames Research Centerin Silicon Valley, both in California. “They’re not newborns, but they’re also not settled down. Learning more about planets in this teen stage will ultimately help us understand older planets in other…

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