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Teen Finds New Planet
News Bytes 01/16/2020 30 Comments

High school student Wolf Cukier is making headlines. He landed an internship at NASA last summer. This week, the rising senior gained national attention when NASA announced Cukier had discovered a new planet.

Cukier found the planet on his third day at a NASA internship at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. His assignment was to study the eclipse made by two stars crossing paths.

But he noticed something different.

“The planet blocked the light from those two stars, leading to a small dip in the amount of light that reached the telescope. That’s what I noticed at first.”

Cukier studied the phenomenon before alerting his team. This was no time for a rookie mistake. “It was like, ‘Oh, there’s something here.’ It was cool.” Yes, Wolf, very cool.

“At first I thought it was a stellar [star] eclipse,” he says, “but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.”

Talk about going above and beyond! The planet, now called TOI 1338 b, is actually an exoplanet. That means it’s located outside Earth’s solar system—far outside. TOI 1338 b is about 1,300 light-years away. It’s almost seven times larger than Earth.

Cukier was using NASA’s “TESS” (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) telescope. The telescope’s four cameras take photos every 30 minutes. Volunteers and interns study the data from TESS.

Research scientist Veselin Kostov says planets with two stars, like TOI 1338 b, are difficult for TESS to detect. But he says, “The human eye is extremely good at finding patterns in data.”

Finding a planet is amazing. How much more amazing is the God who actually created every planet and star—and the eye! (John 1:3)

Needless to say, Cukier’s internship is going well. If he ever comes back down to Earth, he plans to study physics or astrophysics at Stanford, MIT, or Princeton.

(NASA intern Wolf Cukier appears on television to explain his part in discovering a planet. Video ABC via AP)

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1st Comment!!!

Wow! This is pretty cool! That's awesome that he's an intern for NASA and he discovered a planet.

Wow, I can't believe Wolf

Wow, I can't believe Wolf Cukier discovered a planet on his THIRD day at the NASA internship! Three days is not long at all! I can't wait to see what else this guy will discover.


Amazing! Even if you didn't find a planet it would be awesome to intern at NASA in HIGHSCHOOL!!

So cool!

Wow! How awesome is it that he discovered a new planet on his third day at NASA!

is he going to be the next

is he going to be the next Aristotle of the 21st century?


Wow! His THIRD DAY! And to think that the Lord I serve knows all the stars by name! God is so wonderful!

Elsie (Emelias sister)

Wow. This probably means his name will be remebered.

@ Emilia. G

Yes. His family is probably very happy. I wonder how he feels. I would be exited.

Janna (Daniel's sister)

That's really cool that he found a new planet! I wonder what their going to name it?........(I still feel bad for Pluto though.)


The article says it's name is TOI 1338 b.

@ Janna

Pluto more.....why did they have to remove it?

Hey guys can you please pray

Hey guys can you please pray for a friend of mine his name his Daniel his coat caught on fire while at work and has 1st 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 36 percent of his body. He is going into surgery on Friday. Surgery meaning a skin graph.

Sorry skin graft.

Sorry skin graft.

@ Beth H

Oh that's terrible! I will. My family had the stomach flu.

I don't believe that they

I don't believe that they found another planet. It's probably just something like Pluto and isn't really a planet.

Pluto's not a planet?

What do you mean Pluto's not a planet?

@ Porter

It has not been an ''offical'' planet for a long time.


Thank you! I'm sorry you have the stomach flu!! :(

To Above

I didn't get it. They are feeling better now. Buch better.


Oh okay! That's good!

Janna (Daniel's sister) @Porter E

Pluto is not a planet because it was said to be to small.


This happened pretty much a month ago and there are four typos. This is the quibbler from Harry Potter.


If you don't like the site then don't use it. But don't talk bad about it please! It's quite annoying.


I didn't see any typos? And if there were some, everyone makes a mistake. I like the articles no matter how the're written.

@ Beth H

Oooh, I got it......


Aww man!!!

@ Beth H

I know.......uuuuuuuuuu

A new planet

Maybe it actually has aliens!!! Maybe it has an atmosphere that can support alien life!!
Wouldn't that be cool???

To Above

Hahaha. There is not life on other planets we all know that. Do you think its posible?

To Above

That was not meant to be offensive.

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