What are TOI Releases?
TOI Releases are notifications to the astronomical community so that planet candidates may be followed up in advance of official data release. TOI Releases are preliminary TESS Objects of Interest (TOIs).
What data is available to support TOI Releases?
MAST hosts SPOC data products for released objects from the NASA SPOC pipeline (link).
How many TOIs will there be?
Each sector typically yields 80 TOIs.
Are false positives expected?
In any transit survey false positives are expected; follow-up observations are important and necessary for identifying false positives.
Can I submit my own planet candidates for TOI Releases?
If you find a planet candidate submit it to ExoFOP-TESS. Your candidate will become a community TOI (cTOI). The candidate will be reviewed by the TESS TOI Team where if it meets the team standard it will be assigned TOI number.
What is the difference between TOI Releases and TESS Alerts?
TESS alerts were TOIs from early sectors released before public data were available on MAST. TOI releases are the standard form for delivering TOIs to the community, and follow the public release of TESS data on MAST.