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A 17-year-old Intern at NASA Discovered A New Planet Almost Seven-Time Larger Than Earth On The Third Day Of His Internships

A 17-year-old Intern at NASA Discovered A New Planet Almost Seven-Time Larger Than Earth On The Third Day Of His Internships

Wolf Cukier is a student of Scarsdale High School, New York, who recently pass-out. He grabbed the internship of two months during the summer of 2019 with NASA and got a chance to work as an intern with NASA’s Goddard Space flight center in Greenbelt, Maryland. And this is how the seventeen-year-old NASA’s intern discovered a new planet TOI 1338 b, almost 6.9 times larger than Earth on the third day of his internships.

For the first time, he worked as an intern at Spaceflight Complex, under the scientist Veselin Kostov as scientist Dr. Ravi Kumar Kopparapu was not available at that time. Kostov said that Cukier is a fast learner and have a piece of useful knowledge in this field.

Cukier was assigned to discover the variations in the dimming and brightness of the star with the help of TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite).

What is Tess?

It is a space telescope which used to find out the small planets and measure them as well. We can determine the masses of the planet with the help of TESS.

How Wolf Cukier discovered new planet TOI 1338 b?

How Wolf Cukier discovered new planet TOI 1338 b
Wolf Cukier. Image credits: ABCNews

When he found out the variations of the brightness of the stars, Cukier was suspicious about the new planet.  

“About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338 b, At first, I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.”

“I first noticed the preliminary dip and concept, ‘oh that regarded cool,’ but then after I checked out the total records from the telescope at that superstar, my mentor and I additionally noticed, three specific dips inside the system.”

“Cukier is a Star Wars Fan, way stars appear on TOI 1338 b seems similar to Luke Skywalker’s home of Tatooine.”

Wolf Cukier said in a statement

17-Year-Old Discovers a Brand New Planet

What is TOI 1338 b?

According to NASA, TOI 1338 b is the first planet founded by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite system. NASA named this planet at 235th American Astronomical Society meeting. It is a circumbinary planet, which means it is a planet that orbits two stars. These two stars orbit each other every 14.6 days. Its star will make up “Eclipsing Binary.”

NASA announced the discovery of TOI 1338 b earlier this month. It is the first circumbinary planet that the TESS system has captured.

TOI1338 b discovered by Wolf Cukier in Pictor constellation
Image Credit: Wikimedia

The planet is located about 1,300 light-years from Earth in the Pictor constellation. The masses of both the stars are around 1.2, and 0.325 M. Size of this new planet is roughly seven times larger than the Earth. TOI 1339 b in terms of size lies between Neptune and Saturn.

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