This is the first planet with a multiple orbit, discovered by the TESS telescope.
A trainee at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered a new exoplanet.
The 17-year-old Wolf Kukye completed an internship at NASA in the summer of 2019, reports UNN.
He had to study changes in the brightness of stars with the TESS space telescope.
On the third day of practice, the teenager drew attention to an unusual signal and suggested that he saw a star dimming. Later, experts came to the conclusion that the young man discovered a new planet located outside the solar system. The object, called TOI 1338 b, is 6.9 times larger than the Earth and is located at a distance of 1300 light years from it, in the constellation of the Painter.
This is the first planet with a multiple orbit, discovered by the TESS telescope. Scientists attribute to them exoplanets that rotate not around a single star (like the Earth around the Sun), but around a double one. A binary star is a system of two gravitationally coupled stars orbiting around a common center of mass.
The TESS telescope was launched in April 2018 and is designed to search and study exoplanets. It is equipped with four cameras, each of which takes a picture of a portion of the sky once every half an hour.