After 2 years of verifying his discovery, 15-year-old Tom Wagg finally disclosed his findings about a new planet which is located beyond the solar system. The said planet is located at the southern constellation of Hydra. It is still an unnamed planet which is one of a thousand exoplanets revolving around the sun. Since Wagg is only 15 years old, Keele University considers him as the youngest person who ever discovered a planet. Tom is 17 years old nowadays. He said, “I’m hugely excited to have a found a new planet, and I’m very impressed that we can find them so far away.”

A Planet 1000 Light Years Away Discovered by Teenager
The said planet has the same size as the Jupiter and orbits the star in only two days. Wagg’s planet is “one of a class of ‘hot Jupiter’ planets” and that it may not be the only planet orbiting that star, Coel Hellier, Keele University professor said.

WASP (Wide Angle Search for Planets) project cataloged it as WASP-142b. It monitors millions of stars at night to look for transits which is caused by passing of planets in front of their hot stars. The data collected by WASP was made use by WAGG in order to find the planet. On the other hand, the International Astronomical Union conducted contests that have something to do with naming other exoplanets.

Wagg is an inspiration to many teenagers out there who would like to accomplish and do great things. Well, age is not a factor. It starts with a desire.

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