A 17 year old student from Scarsdale High School in New York named Wolf Cukier was just three days into a summer internship at NASA, when he made a remarkable discovery. He discovered a brand new planet.
Last summer, Cukier had just completed his junior year when he started his internship at NASA’s Goddard’s Space Flight Center in Goddard, Md. After just a few days of this new opportunity, he made an incredible discovery while sifting through variations in star brightness captured by the space agency’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) uploaded to the Planet Hunters TESS citizen science project.
“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 said, in a statement released by NASA. “About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.”
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