TESS surveying the stars

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) created using yellow and grey pieces of fabric on a white background.
Royal Astronomical Society


Title: TESS surveying the stars

Description: The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS is a photometric survey telescope launched in 2018 and is providing amazing results for exoplanets, asteroseismology and more.

Maker: Emily Brunsden, lecturer

Techniques used: Foundation Paper Piecing

Inspiration: "I am part of Tess Asteroseismic Science Consortium (TASC) using TESS data to characterise pulsations in main sequence 'classical' pulsating stars. The telescope has been a revolution for my research personally and is a fantastic example of a space telescope outperforming our expectations. I designed this square as part of a large quilt based on the pattern "Rocket Star" from art gallery fabrics (https://liveartgalleryfabrics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Rocket-Sta…). This pattern inspired me because of it's astronomical theme. The moon is showcased in the fabrics and this is special to TESS as it is in a novel 2:1 resonant orbit with the moon for stability. The pattern also has blue diagonal designs that a reminiscent of satellite panels of a spacecraft."

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