The heavenly body was called TOI 1338 b. It is a planet with multiple orbits at a distance of 1,300 light-years from Earth.
A NASA trainee using the TESS space telescope has discovered a new exoplanet. This was announced the day before by Die Welt.
It is noted that 17-year-old Wolf Cucier was practicing at NASA in the summer of 2019. He was supposed to study changes in the brightness of stars using the TESS telescope.
On the third day of practice, the teenager noticed an unusual signal and suggested that he had seen a star blackout. Later, experts came to the conclusion that the guy discovered a new planet located outside the solar system. The object, called TOI 1338 b, is 6.9 times larger than Earth and is 1,300 light-years away, in the constellation Painter.
It is emphasized that this is the first planet with multiple orbits, 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. In turn, a binary star is a system of two gravitationally connected stars orbiting the common center of mass in closed orbits.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the TESS telescope had discovered a new planet the size of Earth, which is in the habitable zone. The planet was named TOI700 d. As it is believed in NASA, it could potentially be life.
The TESS telescope was launched in April 2018 and is designed to search for and study exoplanets. It is equipped with four cameras, each of which takes a picture of a section of the sky every half hour