Class 7 students discover asteroid, get international recognition
Most of the class seven students have a lot in their plate - homework, friends and video games but for Shourya Chambial and Gaurav Pati, students of Amity International School
in Delhi, priorities are a little different. At the age of 12, both the boys have made an international mark.
They discovered an asteroid in June, 2012 that has now been recognised by the International Space
Community. The asteroid has been named 2013 LS28 for the time being. It all started in May, 2013 when the boys attended an astronomy seminar along with their physics teacher.
"We were told that it is possible to identify an asteroid. We downloaded the software but realized it wasn't easy. Spent hours on the software everyday, stayed up late," said one of the boys.
After identifying 62 possible targets using a software, the duo sent the list to NASA. Eventually their hard work paid off and they received an affirmative reply by the NASA
. within three days. The asteroid was confirmed and accepted into the asteroid hall of fame. "The asteroid looks alarming like an old lady," said Shourya.
The two have always had a keen interest in space and astronomical things. For the boys this is more than just a hobby. Even for the school it's a proud moment.
They both have stars in their eyes and a long way to go. While Gaurav intends on becoming an Oxford
educated science fiction author, Shourya wants to be at NASA one day.
So the next time when you look up at the sky and spot a star, think of these two boys who have not only made their school and family proud but have also found a permanent spot that's just theirs in space history.
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