Local Student Finds New Planet Orbiting Two Stars

A senior at Scarsdale High School was only on his third day as a NASA intern when he discovered a world that orbits two stars: a space oddity the kind of which has only been found once before.

"I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle each other, from our view, eclipse each other every orbit," Wolf Cukier told the New York Post. "At first, I thought it was a stellar eclipse but it turned out to be a planet."

According to NASA, the newly discovered planet is 6.9 times larger than Earth.

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