Tom Wagg was only 15 years old when he has done something no other boy his age has done. He discovered a planet with a distance of 1,000 light-years away from Earth.
The student was on his way for completing a work-experience coursework at the Keele University in Staffordshire, United Kingdom through a WASP program otherwise known as Wide Angle Search for Planets.
Wagg managed to detect an unknown planet when he was just 15 by “finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it.” It took two years of further study to confirm his discovery, said the university news release.
While other astronomers worldwide found more than 1,000 alien planets, the organizers believe Wagg could be the youngest to ever do so.
“I’m hugely excited to have found a new planet, and I’m very impressed that we can find them so far away,” Wagg told a press release. The planet was named WASP-142b, to commemorate being the 142nd planet to be discovered by the program.
Wagg’s new planet is located within the Milky Way galaxy in the neighboring southern constellation of Hydra and is classified as a “hot Jupiter” planet.
Hot Jupiters orbits very tightly near their stars. They are believed to have migrated inwards from interactions with another planet. Thus, it is highly possible that Wagg’s planet is not the only planet that orbits the star, the university said in a statement.