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Space India is proud to announce, a new Earth-bound asteroid has been discovered by two school girls of class 10th, Vaidehi Vekariya Sanjaybhai and Radhika Lakhani Prafulbha from PP Savani Chaitanya Vidya SankulSurat Gujarat. The asteroid named HLV2514 is expected to pass the earth in the near future.
Vaidehi and Radhika participated in an International science programme called ‘All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC 2020)’, conducted by SPACE India in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) and Hardin Simmons University, Texas.
The students got training on advanced software and techniques to look for asteroids by SPACE India. In the two-month-long project, the images of the asteroid were taken by Pan Starrs telescope in Hawaii, which has an advanced telescope and camera system and state of the art CCD cameras, higher Field of View, ability to see fainter objects. These capabilities of the telescope made the difference.
Students looked for asteroids under programs initiated by NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab that track and monitor asteroids looking for ones that may pose a threat to earth.
We are proud of you Vaidehi Vekariya Sanjaybhai and Radhika Lakhani Prafulbha for this amazing discovery and wish you best for your future endeavors.