Wolf Cukier, a 17-year-old high school student from Scarsdale, New York, discovered a rare new planet just three days into an internship with NASA. Seventeen-year-old high school student, Wolf Culkier, found a planet nearly seven times bigger than Earth!
It was the first time that the Nasa program he was working on, called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess), had discovered a planetary system with two stars. "It turned out to be a planet", the intern added.
The new discovered planet is TESS's first circumbinary planet, a world orbiting two stars. In an interview with ABC News, Cukier, now a senior in high school, confirmed he is looking for more planets.
The TOI 1338 system lies 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Pictor. The other, which only has about one-third of the Sun's mass, is described as being cooler and dimmer.
The planet - dubbed TOI 1338 b - is almost seven times larger than Earth, but NASA said the planet is unlikely to be inhabitable, CBS reported. His job was to scan data from NASA's TESS satellite and record variations in star brightness.
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Circumbinaries are hard to detect, and scientists have now confirmed about two dozen, with the first discovered in 1993.
TOI 1338 b is silhouetted by its host stars.
Elisa Quintana is an astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. However, TESS can only see the transits of planet 1338 b when it passes by the bigger star in the system, not the smaller star.
"Our confidence went up and down a couple of times, but by the end of the internship, we were confident that what we found was a planet", he said. She told Nature magazine that few Earth-sized planets have been discovered in habitable areas. "We designed it with planets in mind, but other members of the community use it to study stars, asteroids and even galaxies". Scientists have named the planet as TOI 1338 b, where TOI stands for TESS Object of Interest. Only "d" is in the so-called "Goldilocks zone", not too far from and not too close to the star, where the temperature could allow the presence of liquid water. It is about 20 percent larger than Earth. After Cukier notified NASA of what he saw, scientists used software called eleanor to confirm that the transits involved a planet and two stars.