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Posted: June 12, 2015

Intern, 15, discovers new planet third day on the job


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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A 15-year-old British student may have set a record for the most awesome first week on the job.

Tom Wagg, a student and Keele University intern, noticed a slight dip in a star’s light emission, and apparently discovered a brand new planet on just his third day on the job.

Wagg was part of the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) project, which scans millions of stars and looks for any anomalies in light patterns. It took researchers another two years to verify his findings.

“I’m hugely excited to have found a new planet, and I’m very impressed that we can find them so far away,” Tom said in a statement from the university.

The new planet is as big as Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is invisible to the naked eye and is 1,000 light years away.

The university is planning to hold a competition to come up with a name for the planet, currently referred to as WASP-142b.

We recommend “Tom.”

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