Wagg was part of the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) project, which scans millions of stars and looks for any anomalies in light patterns. It took researchers another two years to verify his findings.
“I’m hugely excited to have found a new planet, and I’m very impressed that we can find them so far away,” Tom said in a statement from the university.
The new planet is as big as Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is invisible to the naked eye and is 1,000 light years away.
The university is planning to hold a competition to come up with a name for the planet, currently referred to as WASP-142b.