Tom Wagg, teenager, discoverer of planets. (Keele University)
Tom Wagg, a then-15-year-old student at Newcastle-under-Lyme School in Britain, was just three days into his week-long “work-experience” project at Keel University when he discovered a new planet. No big deal.
Two years later, what began as a dip in the light given off by a distant sun has been validated and cataloged — and Wagg is now being hailed as something of a boy wonder. He might be, according to the university, the youngest person to ever discover a new planet.
Wagg, now 17, chalks it up to good luck.
“It is very difficult to do, no matter how good you are at actually looking for them,” he told the BBC. “In a way, some of it comes down to luck. Just finding it … you can be as good as you want and still never find one.”
So maybe there’s hope for the rest of us.
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