While some high school teenager goes out partying. While some of them are busy discovering new planets! Yes, you heard it right, a high school student allegedly ‘discovered’ a world. A Planet was orbiting two stars only three days after starting his internship with NASA.
The Genius Wolf Cukier:
Meet the genius guy Wolf Cukier, who had just completed a junior year at Scarsdale High school in New York. His most memorable moment of life during this time of his high school life was not the prom night. But more unique than that day when he discovered a new planet. Right after his junior year, he joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. It is situated in Greenbelt, M.D., for an internship during summer. He has been tasked to look at the star brightness variations. He has been recorded by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).
The mission given to TESS is to find planets. Planets are ranging from small rocky ones to giant planets. It will help to understand the diversity of worlds in the galaxy. The TESS is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission operated by MIT. Dr. Ricker of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research is the principal investigator of the NASA mission TESS.
Now NASA’s TESS, with the help of Cukier, just found its first circumbinary planet. The planet is a type of world that orbits two stars instead of one star. The name put forward by them to the earth is TOI 1338 B.
It is almost the size of Saturn planet, and it orbits its stars every 95 days. These two stars orbit each other and consist of a small cool M dwarf and the other same like the Sun. Together these two stars form an Eclipsing Binary. This pertains to the fact that these two stars regularly pass in front of each other from a human point of vision