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High School Student Discovers New Planet
Just 3 Days Into His NASA Internship

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk, 1/10/2020 1:50:36 PM

A New York high school student can put “planet discovery” on his resume after finding a new world during his NASA internship. Wolf Cukier was working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland last summer when he uncovered TOI 1338 b — a planet orbiting two stars instead of one — while examining information captured by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), according to a release from the space agency. “I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit,” Cukier, 17, said in a statement.

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I wonder if this kid is related to Dr. Marcus Wolf, of "Deep Impact" comet fame (Wolf- Biederman). I digress. This is a great story when one realizes the odds of doing this, especially while interning. Good luck with your future, kid.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 1/10/2020 1:57:39 PM (No. 284596)
Greta Thunberg should be jealous of this kid-he's already 'eclipsed' Scoldilock's climate change BS science. This kid is already a DOER, vs sayers.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Avikingman 1/10/2020 2:00:01 PM (No. 284599)
Very proud of you young man. Congratulations!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: jjs 1/10/2020 2:18:45 PM (No. 284612)
Good job and well done.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger 1/10/2020 2:24:11 PM (No. 284622)
So what were you doing the first two days, slacking? All kidding aside, what a cool story and cool find.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: caljeepgirl 1/10/2020 2:44:58 PM (No. 284634)
Pretty nifty. I think they should make an exception to their naming conventions on this one!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 1/10/2020 3:56:59 PM (No. 284685)
Good for him, but like any "sifting" job, panning for gold,hunting arrowheads, looking for diamonds at the Arkansas Diamond park, sometimes you get lucky.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mushroom 1/10/2020 4:05:19 PM (No. 284692)
That's gonna be tough to top in the coming years. :)
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Reply 8 - Posted by: caljeepgirl 1/10/2020 4:09:07 PM (No. 284695)
Agreed, #6. BUT, we usually need to generate those opportunities where luck can strike. The mere fact that Mr. Cukier (who looks like he's about 10 yo, LOL) made it to a NASA internship while still in high school is pretty impressive. :-)
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Catherine 1/10/2020 5:10:51 PM (No. 284733)
#5 - I was wondering if they would let him name it. I think they should.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: varkdriver 1/10/2020 7:40:28 PM (No. 284884)
I've seen this planet, and it looks a lot like Uranus. All seriousness aside, congrats to the kid! Well done, all the best in the future.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Faithfully 1/10/2020 11:22:57 PM (No. 284981)
So much better than hearing about basketball .
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