Hiranandani Upscale School students discover two new asteroids

Author(s): City Air NewsChennai, December 6, 2016: Vishwath Ramachandran of class 9 and Vishweshwar Ramanakumar of class 10 of Hiranandani Upscale School (HUS) in Kelambakkam, have made two provisional asteroid discoveries as part of a...

Hiranandani Upscale School students discover two new asteroids
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Chennai, December 6, 2016: Vishwath Ramachandran of class 9 and Vishweshwar Ramanakumar of class 10 of Hiranandani Upscale School (HUS) in Kelambakkam, have made two provisional asteroid discoveries as part of a nationwide campaign conducted by International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) program, United States, which aimed to popularize astronomy in the country. Students got to access images of the sky taken by 24 inch and 34 inch telescopes positioned in Astronomical Research Institute (ARI) Observatory.

The provisional discovery has been confirmed and officially recognized as an asteroid discovery by the international agencies concerned. The asteroids have been given designated numbers and will be named after the students.

SPACE, a Delhi-based NGO which acts as the nodal agency for organizing asteroid search campaign facilitated the students with necessary orientation and training in advanced data analysis and astrometrical software, which helps compare astrometrical images to discover moving objects and also offer hands on practice to hunt for asteriods.

The ecstatic students of Hiranandani Upscale School said, “We are excited to make the discovery and this has truly given us a boost to follow through with our interest in astronomy. We hope to further pursue programs in space science in the future.”

Date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016