Two teenagers from India have, according to several reports, discovered an asteroid near Mars that is currently on Earth.
Vaidehi Vekariya and Radhika Lakhani, both 14, attended an event with Space India and NASA that allowed them to view images through a telescope in Hawaii. He used special software to view images fluttering through the telescope.
When they made a discovery – an asteroid, named HLV2514, hung near Mars and was slowly shifting its orbit toward Earth.
We are proud to announce two students of VIDEAR VEKARIYA SANJAYBHAI and RADHIKA LAKHANI PRAFULBHAI, PP SAVANI CHAITANYA VIDYA SANKUL (CBSE), who, with the help of SPACE-AIASC, have discovered a new asteroid named near the Earth. pic.twitter.com/HXpOvrwxNY
– Space India (@Spacian) 25 July 2020
According to a CNN report, the asteroid will not hit the Earth for 1 million years. It will also be 10 times away from the Moon. So there is no need to panic.
Akash Dwivedi, senior teacher and astronomer at Space India, told CNN that the discovery means that it is despite being far away from Earth.
“Asteroids are taken very seriously by NASA. Since this asteroid is changing its orbit, it has become news, ”said Dwivedi.
The asteroid currently has a random name. But there are plans to give the two teenage girls a better name, as they have some time to think.
According to Wise, the girls reportedly found 20 different items in their photographs.
Interestingly, according to Vice, India saw two young schoolchildren searching for two asteroids within a span of two weeks. This happened despite India’s conservative approach to spending on space technology.