A high school student in NY can now add planet discovery on his resume after he found a new world during his internship at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Data published by NASA revealed the planet, which is believed to be the sole planetary body in the TOI 1338 solar system, orbits its stars every 95 days. "About three days after the start of my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338".More news: Uncertainty Over Investigation Of Ukrainian Airliner Crash In Iran
While the teen has been credited with the finding, Cukier told the New York Post that he didn't get to name the planet because "n$3 ew planets discovered by TESS get a TOI number if they don't have another significant name already".
The planet has been named as TOI 1338 b, which is around 1,300 light-years away from planet Earth.
The stars whirl around each other in orbit every 15 days, with one 10% more massive than our sun and the other is more diminuitive and cooler.
It is said that the likelihood of life on the new planet, which is 6.9 times the size of the Earth, is about the size of Saturn.More news: Quetta blast claims fifteen lives
NASA TESS has found a unique planet. When planets pass in front of stars, which is called transit, astronomers can determine the position of planets.
"TESS was designed and launched specifically to find Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby stars", said Paul Hertz, NASA astrophysics division director. "Now, not only was I working on searching for additional planets, I was learning the full verification that goes into verifying a planet when we suspect it to be one". It has two stars which it orbits around.
The process was actually much faster than normal, taking about two to three months to confirm Cukier's discovery as a planet, Kostov said. Only "d" is in the so-called "Goldilocks zone", not too far from and not too close to the star, where the temperature could allow the presence of liquid water. It is a circumbinary planet, which are hard to spot; this is just the 13th planet of its kind to ever be found, CBS New York reports.
TOI-700d's nearest star is a red dwarf - similar to our Sun, a yellow dwarf, but slightly smaller. It receives 86 percent of the energy that Earth receives from the sun.More news: China reports 1st death from new type of coronavirus