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17-Year-Old NASA Intern Discovers New Planet

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A high school student working as a NASA intern discovered a new planet – on just his third day on the job.

17-year-old Wolf Cukier was pouring over data from NASA’s TESS mission when he noticed something – an object thought to be a stellar eclipse was actually a planet.

The planet, called ‘TOI 1338 b’, is somewhere between the size of Neptune and Saturn and has two suns.  It’s located about 1,300 light-years from Earth in the Pictor constellation.

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