New Asteroid by Students

New Asteroid by Students

1. Two girl students of Class 10 studying in a Surat school have been credited with the discovery of a Near Earth Object (NEO) asteroid, named HLV 2514, in the Mars orbit.
2. The discovery of Asteroid HLV 2514 by Radhika Lakhani and Vaideshi Vekarya, of PP Sawani School in Surat, has been confirmed by the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) and the International Astronomical Union.
3. As a part of the All India Space Search Campaign 2020, over 175 students from different schools in Gujarat participated in the International Science Program.
4. Radhika and Vaidehi were selected by the teachers to be a part of SPACE organisation where they received training by senior educators in June.
5. Till now, there are around 63 discoveries of such asteroids. Since the last four years, this is the first such discovery and in Gujarat, it is for the first time.

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