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NASA confirms rare find two class 10 girls discover asteroid set to pass Earth.

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“It is a near-Earth object (NEO) which is currently near the planet Mars, and over time (~10^6 years) will evolve into an Earth-crossing asteroid,” the post said about the asteroid HLV2514.

Two class 10 students have come across a near-Erath asteroid which has now been named HLV2514 by NASA. The incredible discovery by the two girls from Surat — Vaidehi Vekariya Sanjaybhai and Radhika Lakhani Prafulbhai — took place as a part of an international campaign.

The 2-month science programme being held at their CBSE school — PP Savani Chaitanya Vidya Sankul ended up with the young students discovering the asteroid near the planet Mars.

NASA acknowledged their rare find and sent across a confirmation mail for the same,

The two-month science programme that these girls took part in was conducted by Space India in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) and Hardin Simmons University in Texas.

The students used the Pan Starrs advanced telescope in Hawaii which has high-grade CCD cameras, and a higher field of view for their asteroid discovery.

Space India issued a “discovery alert” on Facebook on Friday to inform people about the discovery.

“We are proud to announce that two Girls from Surat with the help of SPACE-All India Asteroid Search Campaign discovered a new Asteroid which is a Near-Earth Object,” it stated.

The post has received many good wishes and congratulations for the girls. We wish them all the best for more such future discoveries.

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With 50% attendance Universities and Colleges reopen today in UP.

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The universities and degree colleges across Uttar Pradesh are reopening from Monday.

The educational institutions will reopen with only 50 per cent attendance and students, on a roster basis, can attend the class in any enclosed area. A maximum of 200 students can attend the class at any given time.

The universities and colleges in the state have been closed since March in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Classes will be held in a phased manner to avoid crowding on campuses.

It will be mandatory for all students to wear masks, use hand sanitizers and maintain social distancing to prevent spread of the virus.

According to the guidelines, the universities and colleges have to make provision for thermal scanning and hand wash for students and staff.

At the entry points, educational institutions must avoid overcrowding of students and that they may enter through a disciplined line.

In the classroom, students will be required to sit at a six feet distance and they will not be allowed to share books, notes and laptops.

Universities have also been allowed to reopen hostels where all health protocols can be followed.

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