Friday, June 12, 2015

Best Work Experience Ever

In Britain, teenagers traditionally do a period (2 or 3 weeks) of work experience in the summer between the first and second years of GCSEs. These kids are 15, and mandatory education stops at 16.

It's supposed to help kids work out whether the career they're thinking of is a boom or a bust.

Tom Wagg probably had the best work experience ever. The young man, now 17, clearly did not intend to leave school at 16 when he chose to do his work experience for an astronomy project at Keel University...

...and discovered a new planet. As far as we know he's the youngest person yet to discover a planet, which has now been properly catalogued. It's a hot Jupiter, the easiest kind of planet to find, but still.

And yes, Wagg is planning on getting his degree in physics.