Astronomers have discovered a new planet, named TOI-1338 b, that orbits two stars. It is considered rare to find planets in such a system as it is difficult for a planet to maintain a stable orbit around two stars. The planet was discovered by a high school student who was interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The student helped to analyze data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and noticed that there were transits occurring at irregular intervals. TOI-1338 b is about 6.9 times larger than Earth and is located about 1,300 light-years away. It takes approximately 95 days to complete an orbit, which could potentially make for some stunning views for any inhabitants on the planet. The discovery of this new planet could also provide valuable insights into the formation of planets and the mysteries of the universe.
Today: November 30, 2023