Two students from a school at Lohegaon in Pune have discovered six preliminary asteroids in the Kalam Center Asteroid Search Campaign organized by the Kalam Center and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC).
In a statement issued on Saturday, the Vikhe Patil school said that Arya Pulate and Shreya Waghmare discovered the asteroids, adding that the 22 participants of the campaign were selected after a rigorous selection process through a global event organized between 9 November and December 3.
They were selected from around the world and trained to analyze data and detect possible asteroids near Earth and 27 preliminary asteroids were discovered.
“The preliminary discoveries are the first observations of asteroids found in the Main Belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, which need further confirmation to go to the Provisional state. This usually takes up to 5 years after which the asteroid can be officially cataloged by the Minor Planet Center, International Astronomical Union (IAU), ”the statement read.
“Knowing the surrounding asteroids and mapping them is an important element in our attempt to understand and monitor these flying rocks around our planet,” quoted the school statement Srijan Pal Singh, former advisor (technology and policy) to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. , and founder of the Kalam Center.