Schoolboy on Nasa internship wows bosses by discovering a PLANET – The Sun
A SCHOOLBOY on work experience with Nasa wowed his bosses just three days in — by discovering a planet.
Wolf Cukier, 17, spotted it while gazing at satellite images of two stars, when their brightness briefly dipped.
The high school student then noticed something moving in front of them — only to realise it was a planet 1,300 light years away.
He flagged it up to his bosses while working in June, and they soon confirmed his discovery.
The planet — which is around the same size as Saturn — has been named TOI 1338 b.
It was the first time the satellite had seen a planetary system with two stars.
New Yorker Wolf, who was an intern at a Nasa space centre in Maryland, said: “It was like, oh… there’s something here. That was cool.
“Nasa or other research could be a cool career for my future. That’s a serious possibility.”
Wolf’s mum Beth said: “There are PhD candidates who would die to have the type of opportunities that Wolf has lucked into in this internship.”
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