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 â€œplanet discoveryâ€ on his resume after finding a new world during his NASA internship.
Wolf Cukier was working at NASAâ€™s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland last summer when he uncovered TOI 1338 b â€” a planet orbiting two stars instead of one â€” while examining information captured by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), according to a release from the space agency.
â€œI 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,â€ Cukier, 17, said in a statement. â€œAbout three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338.â€
He continued, â€œAt first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.â€