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Release No.: 2021-02
For Release: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 8:00am

High Schoolers Discover Four Exoplanets Through Harvard & Smithsonian Mentorship Program

artist's rendering of a five-planet system around TOI-1233 includes a super-Earth

An artist's rendering of a five-planet system around TOI-1233 includes a super-Earth (foreground) that could help solve mysteries of planet formation. The four innermost planets were discovered by high schoolers Kartik Pinglé and Jasmine Wright alongside researcher Tansu Daylan. The fifth outermost planet pictured was recently discovered by a separate team of astronomers.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

High schoolers Kartik Pinglé (left) and Jasmine Wright

High schoolers Kartik Pinglé (left) and Jasmine Wright have discovered new planets thanks to a research mentorship program at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

Credit: Vibha Pinglé and Judit Redl

Clara Sousa-Silva

Clara Sousa-Silva serves as director of the Student Research Mentoring Program at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

Credit: Melanie Gonick