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Young Indian girls have discovered an asteroid heading towards Earth

Two 10th grade girls from India made national headlines after discovering an Earth-bound asteroid.

Radhika Lakhani and Vaidehi Vekariya made the discovery while working on a school project in which students use special software to analyze images captured by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii. The project is part of an asteroid search campaign launched by SPACE India in partnership with the NASA-affiliated International Astronomical Search Collaboration.

"We started the project in June and we sent back our analysis a few weeks ago to NASA," Vekariya, 15, told the network. "On July 23, they sent us an email confirming that we had identified a near Earth object."

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