The 17-year-old intern at NASA discovered a planet on his third day

Interns might be good or bad depending on the situation. But every now and again, they're really good. even heavenly

The year-long internship program for Culkier, a 17-year-old from upstate New York, began at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Why is he so great? perhaps even heavenly?

Maybe his coffee is good? No. He found a planet on his third day.

Cukier noticed a signal from a system known as TOI 1338 while studying variations in star brightness recorded by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS.

He was searching through the data for everything the volunteers had identified as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars orbit one another and, from our perspective, eclipse one another every orbit.

He initially believed it to be a celestial eclipse, but the timing was off. It was discovered to be a planet.

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