From astrobites: “Predicting the number of planets from TESS”

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Title: A Revised Exoplanet Yield from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
Authors: Thomas Barclay, Joshua Pepper, Elisa V. Quintana
First Author’s Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

Status: Submitted to AAS Journals, open access available on arXiv

Exoplanet hunters around the world held their breath while NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched last Wednesday.


Thankfully the launch was a success and after 60 days of orbit manoeuvring and engineering tests, TESS is expected to begin its initial two years of science observations. The question is: how many planets do we expect TESS to find?

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