The universe is too big for us to be the only ones in it. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look, and scientists from NASA’s TESS program might have stumbled across the next clue in this galactic scavenger hunt. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite was launched in April of 2019 with the aim of locating planets in orbit around nearby stars.
One of these stars is the comparatively small GEE-JAY 357. It’s about 31 light-years from Earth. It’s one of the closest to Earth! Thanks to TESS, NASA astronomers discovered a planet orbiting this distant star. And in fact, it’s one of the few whose atmosphere can be studied by scientists, once they determine if it has one!