The telescope, built by NASA, was launched in 2018 for astronomers and researchers from various institutions to use to discover evidence of extrasolar planets or extrasolar planets.
Many of the objects discovered by TESS are referred to as “potential extrasolar planets” or “TESS visible objects” because many observations must be made to confirm that the recorded evidence is a real extrasolar planet. For example, although more than 5,000 potential planets have been discovered so far, only 176 of them have been confirmed.
The latest possible extrasolar planets have been discovered as part of a search for dim stars led by Michelle Konimoto of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He said in a statement:
At the same time last year, TESS discovered more than 2,400 potential objects. Today, that number has more than doubled, which is a staggering statistic for the mission and the teams searching for data to discover new planets. I’m excited to see thousands more in the years to come.
NASA has already discovered significant extrasolar planets, including a habitable universe or small, hellish planets that last only eight hours a year.
The initial TESS mission was for 2018-2020, but the results were so successful that it was decided to continue until 2022. So there is still more time to discover more attractive planets.