Stephen: NASA intern discovers planet on 3rd day at work

On the third day of his two-month summer internship with NASA, 17-year-old Wolf Cukier discovered a new planet. NASA announced the news last week at the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting and on their website, after confirming Cukier’s finding in writing, CNBC reports. The New York high school student had been examining variations in star brightness captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite–a citizen science project that allows people who don’t work for NASA to help find new planets. The new planet, named “TOI 1338 b,” is 6.9 times larger than Earth (in between the size of Neptune and Saturn) and is located in the constellation Pictor, which is about 1,300 light-years away from our planet.

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