Technology that can observe the world outside the solar system is booming. While the amount of data available has severely overloaded researchers’ brain cells, that doesn’t stop the industry from continuing to push for new space telescopes. This week, CHEOPS, the exoplanet hunter, which is run by the European Space Agency (ESA), officially set its sights on the deep space and began looking for tiny hints of planets orbiting other stars.
(From: ESA, via BGR)
Earlier this week, CHEOPS missed its scheduled launch window due to a “glitch.” But now, the work is well under way. Didier Queloz, the 2019 Nobel Prize winner in physics who attended the launch, told AFP:
CHEOPS reached 710 km (440 miles) away, just in line to our exact perfect location. The launch is a special moment in the history of European space and the study of exoplanets.
(via Science Alert)
CHEOPS is known to be an acronym for exoplanet feature sons, focusing on exoplanets that are already thought to exist around distant stars.
For example, the TESS Space Survey, operated by NASA, shows that there are thousands of exoplanets. Satellites such as CHEOPS will do their best to collect data about it to provide more insights.
Understanding distant planets can help astronomers map the universe to a clearer picture, while revealing the past and future of our solar system. It will be believed that it won’t be long before CHEOPS will surprise us.