Wow! Two 14-year-old schoolgirls from Surat discover Earth-bound asteroid

20 Janvier, 2021, 13:47 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • School Girls Discover Earth Bound Asteroid

The girls, from the city of Surat in the western Indian state of Gujarat, were participating in a Space India and NASA project, that allows students to analyze images taken by a telescope positioned at the University of Hawaii.

The body, named HLV2514, was detected by them as part of an worldwide campaign and has been classified as a near-Earth object (NEO), which means it will be passing by our planet in the future.

Here is more about their incredible feat.

"DISCOVERY ALERT! We are proud to announce VAIDEHI VEKARIYA SANJAYBHAI and RADHIKA LAKHANI PRAFULBHAI, two students of P.P. SAVANI CHAITANYA VIDYA SANKUL (CBSE) from Surat with the help of SPACE-AIASC discovered a new Asteroid which is a Near-Earth Object named HLV2514", Space India, a Surat-based space education institute posted on Twitter last week.

Vaidehi and Radhika employed specialised program to assess the images snapped by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii, and manufactured the discovery in June, House India instructed Reuters.

"We had tagged around 20 objects of which this one proved lucky".

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Since the discovery, the asteroid has been given the name HLV2514, its unofficial designation until NASA confirms its orbit and gives the go-ahead on choosing an official name for the roaming space rock, which is now near the orbit of the red planet. "It may take a few years' time".

They discovered the asteroid as part of an asteroid search campaign conducted by SPACE India along with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), which is a NASA-affiliated citizen scientist group.

What else we know about this asteroid?

Dwivedi explained that the asteroid is now close to the orbit of Mars - but in 1 million years, it will change its orbit and move closer to Earth, although it will still be at a distance of more than 10 times the distance which exists between the Earth and the Moon. It is, in fact, a near-Earth object (NEO).

Currently, the asteroid is circling Mars, and does not remain a threat to Earth.

The asteroid was identified as HLV2514. Earth-crossing asteroids are called Apollos.

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