17 January 2020 - Teen intern at NASA discovers new planet
Teen intern at NASA discovers new planet...in just three days
Madeleine Simon (The Hill, 13/01/2020)
Many astronomers and physicists spend their whole careers trying to discover new worlds in the universe. For a teen intern at NASA, it took him three days.
Wolf Cukier, 17, of Scarsdale, N.Y., had just finished his junior year of high school last year when he headed off to his summer internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Just three days into the internship, Cukier discovered a planet that’s nearly seven times as large as Earth and has two stars.
A 17-year-old intern at NASA discovered a new planet on his 3rd day on the job
Sahar Esfandiari (Business Insider, 16/01/2020)
Seventeen-year-old Wolf Cukier was on the third day of his internship at NASA when he discovered a new planet previously unknown to scientists.
According to NASA, the planet is the agency's first discovery of a "circuminary planet" — meaning it orbits two stars instead of one.
Lesson of the Day: ‘How’s Your Internship Going? This Teen Found a Planet’
Nicole Daniels (The New York Times, 15/01/2020)
Wolf Cukier, a teenager from Scarsdale, N.Y., spent the summer before his senior year interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. In his time interning, he identified a body that was later confirmed to be a planet, now known as TOI 1338 b.
In this lesson, you will learn about the process that Wolf was a part of that invites everyday people to become scientists. In the Going Further activity, you will be given a chance to become a planet hunter yourself — or participate in another citizen science project.
Meet the NASA intern who discovered a new planet on his third day
Hannah Morrison (BBC News, 15/01/2020)
As far as impressing your potential new boss goes, discovering a planet on day three of your internship at NASA is up there.
That's what happened to 17-year-old Wolf Cukier while helping out at the space agency in the United States.
He was checking images from its super-strength satellite when he noticed something strange.