Wolf Cukier, just 17 years old, was given the chance a few young people could have: be practicing at the NASA Goddard Space Travel Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. I was tasked with checking the data on the brightness of the stars, which is part of the data obtained from the Transverse Planetary Execution Survey Satellite (TESS) – a special telescope system used to find exoplanets – planets exoplanets.
With his ability, Wolf Cukier did what little young people could do: while observing a star system 1,300 light-years away from Earth, I discovered a black dot near one of the stars. in the system.
It turned out that the black dot was a planet 6.9 times bigger than the Earth, a planet orbiting two stars, whose scientific name was “circumbinary planet.”
“I record a lot of what is seen in the amount of data assigned to me, discover many differences of this binary system,Cukier said. “And when I discovered the black spot, I immediately put 10 stars on it [cho nhớ].”
When I gave my findings to my research supervisor, I had the opportunity to do research with a range of other scientists for several weeks; they are trying to prove the hypothesis that the planet orbiting the binary star is real. NASA said that Cukier’s discovery is very rare, because it is difficult to recognize the planet orbiting the two star systems in the infinite Universe, unless the sun in the distant place undergo the phase of reducing light emitted ( due to the planet flying across it).
The other star system, called TOI 1338, owns two stars of different sizes: one star 10% larger than our Sun, one equal to 30% of the Sun’s mass. It takes 15 days for them to complete an orbit around each other, so it is very short time to discover the time when the planet that Cukier discovered (currently known as TOI 1338-b) is very difficult.
Cukier’s discovery and a series of studies by scientists confirmed the existence of TOI 1338-b, and also marked the first time the TESS system detected a planet orbiting the binary star system. . The research team, including Cukier, is taking the final steps to publish the science report.
Cukier said that he will continue to deepen his exploration of astronomy, and will be in constant contact with the NASA professors who have taught him during his internship. Certainly Wolf Cukier will be a bright star at NASA, with an open research path ahead.