May 1, 3:00-3:30 pm EST [Noon – 12:30 pm PDT]
Live Google Hangout: “TESS and the Search for Exoplanets” – Ask Your Questions of Drs. George Ricker, Sara Seager and Joshua Winn
(Hosted by The Kavli Foundation)
Following a three-year competition, NASA has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT for a planned launch in 2017. TESS will use an array of wide-field cameras to perform an all-sky survey to discover planets outside our own solar system as they periodically transit their host stars. TESS will carry out the first space-based all-sky transit survey, covering 400 times more of the sky as any previous mission.
Do the sun’s closest stellar neighbors harbor planets? Are there hundreds of Earth-size planets in our own galactic neighborhood? On Wednesday May 1, 3:00-3:30 pm EST [12:00-12:30pm PDT], we will ask your questions about TESS and the search for new planets with three leading researchers on NASA’s TESS team:
Hangout address: This hangout will be available at: http://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/spotlight-live-tess-search-exoplanets