Indian students find asteroid pushing toward Earth
- July 29, 2020
Two Indian students have found an asteroid which is gradually moving its orbit and pushing toward Earth.
Radhika Lakhani and Vaidehi Vekariya, both concentrating in tenth grade, were working on a school project when they found the asteroid, which they named HLV2514.
The girls, from the city of Surat in the western Indian state of Gujarat, were taking an interest in a Space India and NASA project, which permits students to break down pictures taken by a telescope situated at the University of Hawaii.
Aakash Dwivedi, senior instructor and astronomer at Space India, revealed to CNN that students across India were encouraged how to detect the divine bodies using software which investigates pictures gathered by NASA’s PAN Star telescope. Students at that point scanned for moving objects in the photos.
The project, Dwivedi clarified, was proposed to include and instruct students in science and astronomy.
“We started the project in June and we sent back our analysis a few weeks ago to NASA. On July 23, they sent us an email confirming that we had identified a near Earth object,” Vekariya, who is 15 years old, told CNN.
Dwivedi clarified that the asteroid is as of now near the orbit of Mars – yet in 1 million years, it will change its orbit and draw nearer to Earth, in spite of the fact that it will even now be a good ways off of in excess of 10 times the distance which exists between the Earth and the Moon.
“Asteroids are taken very seriously by NASA. Since this asteroid is changing its orbit it has become news,” said Dwivedi.
Asteroids, otherwise called minor planets, are little rocky objects that orbit the sun.
Vekariya said pupils couldn’t commend the revelation, because of the pandemic, however included:
“This was a dream. I want to become an astronaut.”
She said: “It is such a vast topic. There is no limit to search in space, especially the black hole theory.”