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NASA Intern Discovers New Planet and Can Finally Share it With the World

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He may have discovered it last summer, but NASA intern Wolf Cukier is getting all the recognition for his groundbreaking discovery now. The story broke over the weekend that the Scarsdale High School student discovered a new planet just three days into his internship.

The planet has been named TOI 1338 b and was found to be the first planet discovered as a world orbiting two stars using TESS data. TESS stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

The discovery was kept under wraps until now as Cukier and scientists from NASA’s Goddard branch were co-authoring a paper they are hoping to get peer-reviewed and admitted to a scientific journal. They announced the discovery and paper at the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting last week, and from there, the internet blew up.

This is an incredible launching point for a young man who is sure to have a bright future ahead of him. We can only hope this discovery is the first of many he will contribute to the scientific community, and the world, as her carries on. It’s incredible how sometimes all you need is a new perspective on old data to find something that was right in front of your all along.

To find out more here’s a Fox news article regarding the discovery.

Image by David Menidrey on Unsplash.