NASA intern discovers new planet on third day of internship

January 13, 2020

Wolf Cukier, a 17-year-old high school boy from New York made a remarkable discovery on his third day of internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. Guess what he found – a whole new planet that reloves around two stars!

The planet which has been named TOI 1338b has a mass seven times larger than Earth and is located 1300 light-years away. Furthermore, one of its stars is 10 percent more than the size of the sun while another is a third of the sun’s mass and less bright, said NASA.

As per reports, Cukier was working for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) programme, which for the first time discovered a planetary system with two stars. Cukieralso 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.

He was placed under the guidance of research scientist Veselin Kostov. The entire process of confirming Wolf’s research was concluded within two-three months.

Wolf now awaits to finish his last year at high school and looks forward to studying physics or astrophysics at either Stanford University, MIT University or Princeton University in the state.

The Telegraph reported that Wolf could be back in NASA after his study programmes and possibly indulge in more discoveries. Cukier added, “Future research would involve finding more planets.”

Source: News 18

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