Well! Isn’t it strange? A 17-year-old boy discovers a new planet on the third day of his internship at NASA. It’s quite incredible but it’s true.
A 17 years old boy, Wolf Cukier of Scarsdale High School not only accepted as an internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. Where he discovered a new planet that revolves around two stars. And he managed to make a name for himself in just three days at NASA’s work by detecting a planet that no one ever even knew existed.
Now, at the present time, NASA named the new planet with a mass TOI 1338b. And it is 7 times larger than the Earth and is located 1300 light-years away.
According to reports, Wolf was working for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) program, which first discovered a planetary system with two stars.
The entire process of confirming Wolf’s research will be take up to two-three months to get completed. On the other hand, according to NASA, one of the stars is looks like 10 percent larger than the size of the sun. and the other one is only one-third of the sun’s mass and less bright.
However, the dimension of the newly discovered planet is 6.9 approx. as well as, it is larger than the Earth, and almost the dimension of Saturn makes it unlikely to be habitable. Named TOI 1338 b, it is the only planet within the range of TOI 1338 system. And it is 1,300 light-years away within the constellation Pictor and orbits its stars every 95 days.
How the new planet was founded
However, Wolf Cukier was looking for everything through the data for everything that the volunteers had marked as an eclipsing binary. A system where two stars revolve around each other and we think would have eclipsed each other in every orbit. Apart from it, on the third day of his internship, he saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. And he thought it was a static eclipse, but the timing was wrong, it turned out to be a planet.
From the point of view, the system was characterized as an eclipsing binary, in place two stars circling around each other and eclipsing each other. However, after going through the research and over the information, Cukier realized that the planet was also present.
The theory has been proven and Wolf’s finding has been also proven in a “positive sign” for the TESS programme. In the future, he believes that this will lead to the new discoveries of more planets
NASA planet hunter finds Earth-sized world in “Goldilocks zone”
Additionally, NASA has been introduced that TESS had found an Earth-sized world throughout the liveable vary of its star. which might enable the presence of liquid water.
Another first world for the transiting exoplanet survey satellite is its discovery of two stars orbiting the planet Tatooine from Star Wars but unlikely to be hospitable to life as we know it.
The Star TOI 700 is small, about 40 percent of the size of our Sun and only half as hot.
However, it’s quite amazing, that a 17 years old boy discovers a new planet. It was just a starting. Soon, NASA will discover a more new planet in the future. It was just starting. And it was not a bluff, this 17 years student said Wolf Cukier said, he will discover more planet in future also. Let’s see, what happens next.