Delhi schoolkids discover asteroid

A new asteroid has been discovered by two students from a Delhi school and the find has been confirmed by the international space community, an NGO for popularising space said on Saturday.

Shourya Chambial and Gaurav Pati from Amity International School in south Delhi’s Pushp Vihar made the discovery as part of the All India Asteroid Search Campaign.

“The discovery has been confirmed by the international scientific community and the asteroid has been provisionally named as 2013 LS28,” said Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) who organized the campaign with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC).

“We are waiting for it to be placed in the world’s official minor body catalogue maintained by International Astronomical Union (Paris),” it added.

Love for science

According to SPACE, the project was started with an aim to increase the love for science, astronomy and scientific research in Indian students.

“The project has provided opportunities to more than 500 students and amateurs in India to discover asteroids. Till now, 15 new asteroid discoveries have been made,” said Space.

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