Wolf Cukier, a student at Scarsdale High School, joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, last summer to examine images captured from a satellite and uploaded to the Planet Hunters citizens science project.
"I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit," Cukier said. "About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet."