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Nasa intern helps to discover new planet in first week at organisation

Wolf Cukier, a 17-year-old from NY, was interning at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland last summer, where he worked reviewing star brightness data collected by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission, also known as TESS.

"I looked through the data for everything the volunteers had marked as a blackout binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and in our opinion obscure each other", said 17-year-old Cukier in a statement. "It turned out to be a planet", Cukier explained.

The planet the first to be captured by the TESS system that is considered a circumbinary planet, meaning it orbits two stars.

For the next few weeks, Cukier worked with NASA scientists to prove his theory.

While thousands of skywatchers gathered across the world to glimpse a rare annular solar eclipse, others tested a theory. NASA's Kepler and K2 missions previously discovered 12 circumbinary planets in 10 systems- all similar to TOI 1338 b. It's the only planet in the system with two stars.

TOI 700 B completes 10-day orbit Gilbert stated that the TOI 700B is located near the center of the star and its shape is around the Earth.

The teenager interned at the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, this past summer and managed to make the finding during its first assignment. "TESS" job is to look for alien planets around the stars closest to Earth.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched its planet-hunting mission called TransitingExoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in 2018. TESS only sees the transits crossing the larger star; the transits of the smaller star are too faint to detect.

As reported by The Washington Post, Wolf was placed under the guidance of research scientist Veselin Kostov, who admitted to have never had a high school intern before.

A little robot on wheels could help find life on an ice-covered Jupiter moon, and it's being put through its paces in Antarctica by Australian scientists. "Future research would involve finding more planets", Wolf said. Scientists have confirmed the NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's claim to have discovered a planet named TOI 700D. A decrease in the brightness of a single star indicates that a planet has crossed in front of it. This allows TESS to infer the presence of a planet, its size and orbit.

Astronomers have not yet been able to measure TOI 700 d's mass.

Due to the influence of the binary on the angle of TOI 1338 b's orbit, after November 2023, each time the planet completes an orbit, it will pass either above or below the primary star from our perspective. This measurement, an entirely different type from TESS's transit method, offers a complementary set of information. It revolves around then sun 37 days as it receives 86 percent of the energy from its stars that earth gets from the sun.

Teenage NASA trainee discovers some exoplanet in orbit for two stars

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