High school student interning at NASA discovers new planet


It was an incredible discovery for a high school student who is interning at NASA.

17-year-old Wolf Cukier was going through data on star brightness gathered by NASA when he noticed something interesting.

“I had a lot of data in my notes that day about extremities in the binaries,” Cukier said to ABC News. “But when I saw this one, I put 10 asterisks next to it.”

His research mentors and he worked for weeks to confirm that what they saw was, in fact, a new planet!

The planet is roughly 1,300 light-years away from Earth and orbits two stars. It holds a special place for Star Wars fans as the planet is similar to the fictional planet of Tatoonie in Star Wars.