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WEB DESK: A 17 year old student from the UK has discovered a new planet
Tom Wagg, who studies at the Newcastle-under-Lyme School claims that the planet is 1000 light years away from earth– to make it simpler it would take 1000 years for light to reach the new planet.
Wagg was 15 years old when he first discovered the planet. At that time he was associated with University of Keele, a public research university located about 3 miles from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England.
It took Wagg almost two years to prove the existence of this planet although he made the discovery on his third day at Keele University.
He did not see the planet through a telescope instead he had to arrange the data generated by Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP), a collaboration of observatories in the country.
Keele University’s Professor Coel Hellier said that to prove Wagg’s result observations had been carried out by telescopes in Chile and after that a scientist from the University of Geneva and University of Liege did their studies to prove legitimacy of the planet.
Keele University is part of a nationwide collaboration of observatories called the WASP and the planet has been given the designation WASP-142b, being the 142nd planet discovered by the group.