During Cukier’s junior year at Scarsdale High School in New York, Wolf Cukier landed a two-month internship with NASA. So during the summer of 2019, he travelled down to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

His first assignment was to examine variations in star brightness captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, known as TESS. A part of the Planet Hunters TESS citizen science project.

I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle each other

17-Year Old Cukier tells NASA

I noticed a dip, or a transit, from the TOI 1338 system, and that was the first signal of a planet

Cukier explains further

After making history, the High school senior plans for college, “My top three choices are Princeton, MIT and Stanford”, Cukier


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