At the age of 15, Tom Wagg discovered what astronomers only initiated to find 20 years ago - a planet far from Earth, way outside of our solar system. Wagg is one of the youngest to ever identify a planet, according to a news release from Keele University in England where he was working when he made his impressive discovery. Actually, Wagg’s new planet narrowly look a lot like some of the very first exoplanets ever discovered in the mid ’90s that looked entirely different from anything astronomers had ever seen and essentially reproduced a comprehensive revision of how we think planetary systems form today. The newly-discovered planet lies into a category of exoplanets called hot Jupiter’s. These planets are huge like Jupiter but, unlike Jupiter, they orbit tremendously close to their parent star - nearer than Earth’s distance from the sun. At such incredibly close distances, these exoplanets can range intense temperatures more than 1,000 degrees Celsius, therefore the ‘hot’ in hot Jupiter. Here’s an idealistic outline of what Wagg’s planet, which has yet to be given a name, might look like:
Even though this method is a common one for planet hunters, it’s not the most dependable because there are a number of other causes for a dip in light intensity, such as a gas cloud, a white dwarf, or a malfunction in the technology. That’s the reason why it took two years of follow-up readings to approve that Wagg’s planet was, actually, a real planet. Wagg is now 17 years old and has plans to soon go to college and study physics.