High Schooler Wins $250K For Discovering Exoplanets

High Schooler Wins $250K For Discovering Exoplanets

Ana Humphrey, a high school student in Virginia, was awarded the $250,000 Regeneron Science Talent Search prize for her hypothesis about exoplanets. Essentially, the teenager used mathematics to determine the proposed locations of hundreds of new exoplanets. “Hypotheses in the field say planetary formation creates dynamically packed systems, so Ana used her model to find ‘unpacked’ spaces where as many as 560 new planets might fit, and identified 96 locations as primary search targets,” the society stated publicly. “Her research could aid our understanding of the formation of planets and inform our search for life in outer space.”

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