17-Year-Old Intern Can Now Add 'Discovered A Planet' On His Resume

You can put THAT on your resume.

Two years ago, a 15-year-old boy, Tom Wagg, was an intern at Keele University in England when he discovered something very interesting going on in the sky.

He's just got verification that he did, indeed, discover a planet.

According to CNN, Wagg was searching through data from the university's Wide Angle Search for Planets project when he "noticed a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it — that planet had supposedly not been on anyone's radar until then."


That planet is the same size as Jupiter but invisible to the naked eye.

Now, Wagg, 17, says, "I'm hugely excited to have found a new planet, and I'm very impressed that we can find them so far away," in a report from the university. The planet, yet to be named, orbits a star 1,000 light years away.

The image below, by artist David A. Hardy, is the planet depicted as seen from a hypothetical moon.

It just goes to show one person (even a 15-year-old kid) may have the power to find something you didn't even know you were looking for.

(H/T: CNN)


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