15-year-old schoolboy discovers a new planet

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A 15-yr-old schoolboy has discovered a new planet orbiting a star 1000 light years away in our galaxy.

Tom Wagg was doing a work-experience project at Keele University when he spotted the planet by finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it. Through data collected for a project that monitored millions of stars, Wagg made the incredibly discovery.

Wagg’s planet has been given the name “catalogue number WASP-142B.” Located in the Southern constellation of Hydra, Wagg’s discovery is the 142nd finding by the Wide Angle Search for Planets project – the work-experience placement he was working for.

Wagg is a pupil at Newcastle-under-Lyme School and is possibly the youngest to ever have discovered a planet.

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