17-year-old intern at NASA discovers brand new planet 1300 light years away

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 13 Jan 2020
17-year-old intern at NASA discovers brand new planet 1300 light years away

A 17-year-old intern at NASA discovered a brand new planet

A circumbinary planet, it orbits two separate stars

It is about 6.9 times larger than Earth and is 1300 light years away


Working from home?

Don’t forget about the most important equipment in your arsenal

Click here to know more

What were you doing when you were 17? We’re pretty sure you weren't out discovering a brand new planet.  But there was one 17-year-old who went above and beyond what is expected from a teenager and discovered a new plate that orbits two stars. Wolf Cukier completed his junior year and joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for a summer internship. One thing led to the other and Wolf was staring down a telescope at a brand new planet using TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite). 

Just three days in and Wolf spotted something that he thought was a little strange. He noticed a signal from a faraway system named “TOI 1338”. He said, ”I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.” Dubbed, TOI 1338 b, the planet was the first ‘circumbinary planet’ which means that it orbits two seperate stars. 

According to NASA, the planet is 6.9 times bigger than Earth and is located about 1,300 light years away. The higher ups at NASA spent a few weeks going through the data and concluded that Wolf has actually discovered a planet, all on his own. An ardent Star Wars fan Wolf Cukier is now looking at pursuing a career in astrophysicist. 

Digit NewsDesk

The guy who answered the question 'What are you doing?' with 'Nothing'.

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of Thinkdigit.com as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership-the 9.9 kind! Building a leading media company out of India.And,grooming new leaders for this promising industry.

{ DMCA.com Protection Status