The two women, Vaidehi Vekariya and Radhika Lakhani, equally 14 and in 10th grade, had been participants in a venture sponsored by Space India and NASA.
In a moment of pride for India, two girls from Gujarat's Surat have discovered an Earth-bound asteroid "HLV2514′ which is expected to pass our planet in the near future". The discovery was made back in June.
The All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC) is organized by SPACE India and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), a NASA-affiliated citizen scientist group. Mars-crossing asteroids are called Amors.
"I glance forward to ...when we will get a possibility to title the asteroid", Vaidehi told Reuters, adding that she wants to come to be an astronaut when she is more mature. "There is no limit to searching in space, especially the black hole theory". The Director of the IASC, J Patrick Miller, confirmed the discovery as per an email to the teens, Reuters reported.
She stated: "It is such a vast topic". Scientists discover thousands of asteroids and comets every passing year, but the HLV2514 is not a threat.
Dwivedi explained that the asteroid is now close to the orbit of Mars - but in 1 million years, it will change its orbit and move closer to Earth, although it will still be at a distance of more than 10 times the distance which exists between the Earth and the Moon.
The body, named HLV2514, was detected by them as part of an worldwide campaign and has been classified as a near-Earth object (NEO), which means it will be passing by our planet in the future.
Two teenage schoolgirls in India found out an asteroid in close proximity to Mars, a space education and learning institute in India noted not too long ago. And many of them even enter the Earth's atmosphere, however, burn up completely mid-flight, due to the friction.