NASA’s planet-hunting probe catches comet in action

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By: PTI | Washington |
Published: August 7, 2018 6:22:41 pm


Asteroids in our solar system appear as small white dots moving across the field of view.

NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe has beamed back a stunning sequence of images showing a comet in motion 48 million kilometers from Earth. Taken over the course of 17 hours on July 25, the day the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) started science operations, the images helped demonstrate the satellite’s ability to collect a prolonged set of stable periodic images covering a broad region of the sky – all critical factors in finding transiting planets orbiting nearby stars.

Over the course of these tests, TESS took images of C/2018 N1, a comet discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) satellite on June 29. The comet,…

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