NASA’s planet hunting TESS satellite captures image of comet

Space								Image Source Massachusetts Institute of Technology  NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's new TESS spacecraft - which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, in case you were wondering - is all ready to get its scientific mission underway, but before its incredible power could be unleashed by researchers it had to be tested by its handlers at NASA. Astronomers stitched together the images to create a video that illustrates the flight pattern of the comet.

The planet hunter snapped a series of images capturing the motion of the comet which 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, the statement said. The angular extent of the widest field of view is six degrees, according to the agency.

Dubbed C/2018 N1, the comet was only discovered on June 29 by another one of NASA's satellites, the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE).

In the video, it is seen moving across the screen from right to left as it orbits the Sun.

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The comet's tail, which comprises of gases diverted from the comet by an outpouring from the Sun called the sunlight based breeze, reaches out to the highest point of the edge and steadily rotates as the comet skims over the field of view.

Additionally, TESS' images reveal a treasure trove of other astronomical activity.

"The shift also highlights variable stars, which change brightness either as a result of pulsation, rapid rotation, or by eclipsing binary neighbors".

There are also some white dots in the footage, which seem to move from right to left - they are asteroids.

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Mars lies out of the video frame, but it makes its presence known with a faint beam of light visible.

The blush of brightness in the middle of the images is stray light from Mars, when the red planet reached its closet distance to Earth.

NASA's recently-launched space telescope - the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) - is yet to formally start its science missions.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, at the time these photos were taken Mars was inching its way toward opposition and its closest approach to our planet, shining a lot brighter than usual.

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