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A Catalog of Exoplanets

Exoplanets are space objects that orbit a star outside the solar system. Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered by NASA and now they are trying to look through this catalog to see if a habitable planet exists apart from Earth.

This is part of the mission of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, commonly known as TESS. Last week a team of astronomers from Cornell, Lehigh University and Vanderbilt University published a paper in the Astrophysical Journal Letters identifying a detailed catalog named “TESS Habitable Zone Star Catalog,” of 1,822 potential stars where Earth-like planets could exist and TESS could detect.

(Image credit: NASA)

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