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Most people sit through countless orientations on the first few days of their job, but one teen discovered a planet – on his third day.

Wolf Cukier, 17, of Scarsdale, New York, had wrapped up his junior year of high school when he headed off to intern in the summer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he discovered a planet orbiting two stars.

The planet, now known as TOI 1338 b, is nearly seven times larger than Earth and has two stars – one that’s about 10% more massive than our sun, and another only a third of the sun’s mass and less bright, according to NASA.

It was the second time he had interned at the space research laboratory, having spent the summer of 2018 working on a Goldilocks Zone project under the mentorship of NASA aerospace technology researcher Ravi Kopparapu.

Källa: A teenager discovered a new planet on the third day of his NASA internship


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