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I always wondered about this but never got the chance to ask someone: How is being an astronomy researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center different from being one at the usual Astronomy/Physics department at a university?
What kind of techniques do you imagine will become necessary to find rogue planets? Would that even be possible?
In terms of quality of imaging, what sort of improvements should we expect from this gen \(TESS\) compared to last? Be as technical as you wish.
And what is expected in future imaging quality 15\-20 years down the line? Are we able to focus on objects within/nearby our solar system?
In the future, will our focus be on satellite\-based scopes? As opposed to, say, constructing one on the moon... Thanks!
Okay, my question is, with other star systems, for us to see the light from the star dim when an exoplanet eclipses it's parent, does their system have to be in a certain orientation or.. plane?
How do we determine which star systems are edge on to our perspective?
Or does it work completely different?
Can TESS find planets in long period orbits that are similar in length to Earth's orbit around the sun?
For the team, are there any patches of the sky you are personally interested in, or are looking forward to having TESS point at?
1) How sensitive are the CCDs used in TESS?
2) How do the construction/components of these CCDs differ compared to sensors in everyday phones?
3) When looking for dips in the brightness of stars, do you have a frequency you need/want to sample each star to have a high probability of detecting a planet (for example, sampling the star once per day, once per week, etc...)?
4) How much data is collected daily (in terms of gigabytes)? What is TESS's upload/downlink speed?
Thanks for doing this AMA!
How will TESS build on Kepler's discoveries? What do you hope will come out of the TESS mission?
What is the difference between TESS and Kepler?
You seem to be more on the astronomy side of things but what is the presumeble limiting factor for Tess' lifespan?
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How long do you guys plan to leave the satellite in orbit? How much data do you hope to gather in this time?
Hello, and thanks for taking questions!
I read that Kepler tended to find larger planets close to their stars, since they were easier to detect transiting. Will this bias still be present with TESS?
Also, since such a large amount of data will be gathered, are there any plans to utilize distributed computing to analyze it? Would love to know if I can contribute!
How can someone like me, an about-to-graduate astrophysics student, currently studying in a university in Canada, be able to get an internship or work with/alongside NASA or in affiliated project, or be involved in any way, since to be frank, the CSA doesn't do much in comparison to NASA?
Will TESS be able to look for atmospheres and biomarkers?
Hey all, I've read in a few places that TESS is expected to discover more than 20,000 exoplanets, about 5 times (!) the number discovered to date. How do you come up with an estimate like that and what is most unique about TESS compared to other exoplanet instruments that will potentially enable those discoveries?
Hello and thank you so much for hosting this AMA!
I have two questions:
1. Will TESS be doing anything to survey the current weird light fading phenomena occuring close to Tabby's Star (KIC 8462852)?
2. Is TESS planning to be used in coordination with the James Webb Space Telescope? If so, how?
Thanks for doing this AMA!
What are the strangest environments on an exoplanet that you've ever discovered/heard of?