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DISCOVERY OF A NEW PLANET : 6.9 TIMES BIGGER THAN EARTH

Mere a 17-Year-Old could able to discover a planet that is 6.9 times bigger than Earth during the 3rd day of his internship with NASA(National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

|| Anjan Kumar Samal

Wolf Cukier, an inmate of ‘Scarsdale High School’, New York at the time of his junior year succeeded a two-month internship with NASA. After which he was allowed to travel down to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight center at ‘Maryland’ in ‘Greenbelt’.

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He was given his very 1st assignment by NASA to examine the brightness of the stars captured earlier by NASA’s Training Exoplanet Survey Satellite(TESS)which is a part and parcel of Planet Hunters TEES citizen science Project.

Interestingly, a mere 3 days into this internship, unprecedentedly Wolf discovered a new planet which is even bigger than the Earth. This planet is 6.9 times bigger than the Earth.

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NASA unearthed this news on their official website this week after observing and confirming the teenager’s work by submitting a related document that Cukier co-authored for scientific review and announcing the discovery of this new planet which is named as “TOI 1338 b.” at the 235th meeting of American Astronomical Society.

The 17-year-old Cukier informs NASA “I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle each other, and from our view eclipse each other every orbit,”. 

“About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first, I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet,” further unearthed by Mr. Wolf.

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“I noticed a dip, or a transit, from the TOI 1338 system, and that was the first signal of a planet,” Cukier explains to NBC 4, New York.

Mr. Cukier explained, “I first saw the initial dip and thought, ‘Oh that looked cool,’ but then when I looked at the full data from the telescope at that star, I and my mentor also noticed, three different dips in the system.”

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As per NASA. TOI 1338 b is 6.9 times larger than the Earth(In between the size of Neptune & Saturn) which is located in the Constellation Pictor about 1,300 Light-Year away from the Earth Surface.

TOI 1338 b is the very first planet captured by the TESS system(Training Exoplanet Survey Satellite)  which  is considered a circumbinary planet as per the theory of space science, meaning it orbits two stars. The two stars orbit each other in every 15 days, and one is 10% larger than the Sun.

 

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