17-Year-Old NASA Intern Discovers New Planet
Wolf Cukier was only on his third day of his internship at NASA when he discovered a new planet previously unknown to scientists. The craziest part about this planet is the size. This Planet is almost seven times bigger than Earth, and is located 1,300 light years away in a constellation called Pictor.
Wolf Cukier joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a an intern after finishing his junior year in High School in New York State. And then after just three days of his internship he made a very large discovery.
"About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338," Cukier said in a statement published by NASA. Hard to believe he got all off this just based off a signal.
This new planet is called TOI 1338 b and has a double sun set. The two stars orbit each other every 15 days. One is about 10 percent bigger than our Sun, while the other is cooler, dimmer and only one-third the Sun's mass. This planet has been compared to a planet from the movie 'Star Wars' called Tatooine thanks to it's two suns.
Unlike Tatooine though, many believe that this planet, which is roughly the size of Saturn, most likely could not house life.
According to CBS News another major find happened. NASA announced that TESS had discovered an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water. Another first for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.
Cukier is back in school now, but hopes to go back some day soon. I still can't believe someone so young could make such a major find, but it's great to see that NASA has a promising crew ahead of it.