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    TESS Satellite Discovered Its 1st World Orbiting 2 Stars

    Researchers working with data from NASAís Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered the missionís first circumbinary planet, a world orbiting two stars. The planet, called TOI 1338b, is around 6.9 times larger than Earth, or between the sizes of Neptune and Saturn. It lies in a system 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Pictor. The stars in the system make an eclipsing binary, which occurs when the stellar companions circle each other in our plane of view. One is about 10% more massive than our Sun, while the other is cooler, dimmer and only one-third the Sunís mass. TOI 1338bís transits are irregular, between every 93 and 95 days, and vary in depth and duration thanks to the orbital motion of its stars. TESS only sees the transits crossing the larger star ó the transits of the smaller star are too faint to detect. Although the planet transits irregularly, its orbit is stable for at least the next 10 million years. The orbitís angle to us, however, changes enough that the planet transit will cease after November 2023 and resume eight years later.


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