Saturday, July 10, 2010

Two minor planets named after Kolkata school students

Two students of South Point High School here will now have minor planets named after them. The Massachussettes Institute of Technology (MIT) and Lincoln Laboratory, USA have bestowed the honour on Anish Mukherjee and Debarghya Sarkar in recognition of their winning the second Grand award in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category at the Nevada Fair, the South Point Education Society said in Kolkata on Friday. "Minor planet 2000 AH52 (citation No. 25629) and minor planet 2000 AT53 (citation No. 25630) will, henceforth, be known as 'Mukherjee' and 'Sarkar', respectively," it said. The two planets were discovered on January 4, 2000, by Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research team at Socorro under its Linear programme, a release said.

A minor planet is an astronomical object in direct orbit around the Sun that is neither a dominant planet nor a comet. Since 1801, more than two lakh minor planets have been discovered mostly in the asteroid belt. The two students have just passed the Higher Secondary examination from the school.

Source: Hindustan Times, July 10, 2010

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