Other 'Earths' are out there. Here are the best places to look.
A new catalog of more than 1,800 stars should increase the chances of spotting worlds like our own in our cosmic backyard.
Alien worlds are abundant in our galaxy. Thanks to the now retired Kepler space telescope, we know that most stars in our galaxy have planets of some kind. Some are gassy behemoths like Jupiter. Some are icy giants like Neptune. And based on the handful of known worlds that have the potential to support life, it’s likely that a few billion worlds out there have a lot in common with Earth.
Now, thanks to Kepler’s successor, we may know the best places to find them.
A paper out today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters reveals a detailed game plan for the top 1,822 stars to target with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or, TESS. Launched in 2018, TESS