Two Indian Teens Discover Earth-Bound Asteroid Orbiting Near Red Planet

Pablo Tucker
July 30, 2020

The asteroid will be officially christened only after NASA confirms its orbit.

Dwivedi explained that the asteroid is at this time close to the orbit of Mars - but in 1 million decades, it will adjust its orbit and move nearer to Earth, whilst it will continue to be at a distance of a lot more than 10 occasions the length which exists amongst the Earth and the Moon.

The asteroid in question is shifting its orbit, which will eventually cause it to potentially cross paths with our planet.


Students of Class 10 at Surat's PP Savani Chaitanya Vidya Sankul, Vaidehi Vekariya Sanjaybhai and Radhika Lakhani Prafulbhai, discovered the object as part of an asteroid search campaign conducted by SPACE India along with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), a NASA-affiliated citizen scientist group. "We congratulate both the students and teachers for the tremendous discovery", wrote Space India on their Facebook page. The students were then trained to search for moving objects within the images.

The girls, from the metropolis of Surat in the western Indian condition of Gujarat, ended up collaborating in a Place India and NASA venture, which permits learners to examine pictures taken by a telescope positioned at the College of Hawaii. Later, NASA acknowledged their rare find, and sent across a confirmation mail, Times of Indian reports.

The girls were able to identify the object by being on the lookout for moving objects in the images.


However, the asteroid does not pose a threat to the Earth. The asteroid is now orbiting near Mars and will take around a million years to cross into the orbit of Earth. "Because this asteroid is switching its orbit it has come to be news", said Dwivedi.

Vekariya said pupils could not celebrate the discovery, due to the pandemic, but added: "This was a dream".


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