15 Year-Old Discovers Planet
Two years after he noticed a dip in light activity, a now 17 year-old teenager is one of the youngest men in history to discover an exoplanet, a planet that resides outside of our solar system. While attending a youth project at the Keele University in England, Tom Wagg was looking at the combined light collecting capabilities of several small telescopes when he saw a drop significant enough to be a planet. Of course, with the possibilities of a white dwarf, a gas cloud, or a glitch in the technology he was using, it took a while for the discovery to be confirmed.
Wagg’s planet has yet to be named, but we’re sure it’ll be dry and have several numbers which the layman wouldn’t understand. Regardless of creativity, this planet is new to us and it’s gotta be pretty cool to say, “I discovered a planet when I was 15, I’m kind of a big deal.”
Experts sat that Wigg’s planate is very similar to Jupiter, which is a large gas planet. However, while Wigg’s planet has about the same mass and size as Jupiter and is comprised of mostly hydrogen, Jupiter takes about 10 years to go around the sun whereas Wigg’s planet takes a mere two days. Therefore, Wigg’s planet is much much hotter then Jupiter.
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