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UK Schoolboy Discovers New Planet



June 12th, 2015


The BBC reports 17-year-old Staffordshire schoolboy Tom Wagg has discovered a new planet.

He sifted through 1,000 data sets looking for dips in the light of distant stars when he came across a good candidate.

It took two years to confirm Wagg’s discovery of what’s now known as WASP-142b.

The planet is a “hot Jupiter,” a planet similar to our own Jupiter, but one that’s migrated extremely close to the host star.

An official naming contest is soon to kick off.

Read the full BBC article here.

(Artist depiction courtesy NASA)

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