11 Jan 2020

Yale Admissions Office, Call This Kid!

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Yahoo admires the high school student who discovered a new planet just three days into his NASA internship.

A New York high school student can put “planet discovery” on his resume after finding a new world during his NASA internship.

Wolf Cukier was working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland last summer when he uncovered TOI 1338 b — a planet orbiting two stars instead of one — while examining information captured by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), according to a release from the space agency.

“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,” Cukier, 17, said in a statement. “About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338.”

He continued, “At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.”


2 Feedbacks on "Yale Admissions Office, Call This Kid!"

Fusil Darne

Yale? You kidding me? The kid belongs at the Air Force academy, studying in the Astro physics lab to prep for his future in the Space Force.
Fewer comfort ponies to distract the lad.

Seattle Sam

They might be interested if they thought “eclipsing binary” referred to his gender identity.


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