17-year-old discovered a planet on the third day of his internship

New Delhi:17-year-old Wolf Cukier from Scarsdale, New York discovered a planet on the third day of his internship. He had recently completed his junior high school and had headed to intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.It was his third day as an intern in the space research centre when the planet, which has been named as TOI 1338b with a mass which is 7 times larger than Earth and is located 1300 light-years away.
On the other side, one of the stars happens to be 10 per cent more than the size of the sun and another only a third of the sun’s mass and less bright, according to NASA.As per reports, Wolf was working for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) programme, which for the first time discovered a planetary system with two stars.
Wolf went on to co-author a journal along with the other scientists from different US universities based on his discovery in the month of June. The work eventually went on to be featured at a panel at the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, this week.
“It was awesome,” Wolf said in an interview on Friday. “I never expected to find anything. The fact that I found something is cool, and seeing the scientific process and how many people have to work to verify the planet, and techniques for things like that, it is awesome.”


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