By Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post, June 11, 2015 – This is Tom Wagg. He’s an avid space buff, and at the age of 15, he achieved something most astronomers can only dream of.
According to the U.K.’s Keele University, Wagg was engaged in a work-experience program at the college two years ago when “he spotted the planet by finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it.”
Wagg, who is now 17, apparently found the planet by reviewing data collected by the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) project. Keele University, which helps fund and operate WASP, says it’s taken two years for experts to confirm Wagg’s discovery.
“It’s really exciting. I was amazed. It’s definitely something you can tell people about,” the teen told local newspaper The Sentinel.