The asteroid, which is named HLV2514, is little by little shifting in its orbit in the vicinity of the crimson world and is relocating towards Earth, CNN stated.
Students of Class 10 at Surat's PP Savani Chaitanya Vidya Sankul, Vaidehi Vekariya Sanjaybhai and Radhika Lakhani Prafulbhai, discovered the object as part of an asteroid search campaign conducted by SPACE India along with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), a NASA-affiliated citizen scientist group.
Asteroids and space comets pose a serious threat to Earth, due to massive shock they bring upon to our planet which in previous epochs in the evolutionary history of humankind and before, has evidently led to mass extinctions.
Asteroids, also recognised as slight planets, are smaller rocky objects that orbit the solar. "We congratulate both the students and teachers for the tremendous discovery", wrote Space India on their Facebook page.
According to SPACE India, the girls discovered the asteroid by poring through images from a University of Hawaii telescope.
The project began in June 2020.
The girls were able to identify the object by being on the lookout for moving objects in the images.
Dwivedi clarified that the asteroid is as of now near the orbit of Mars - yet in 1 million years, it will change its orbit and draw nearer to Earth, in spite of the fact that it will even now be a good ways off of in excess of 10 times the distance which exists between the Earth and the Moon.
"I look forward to. when we will get a chance to name the asteroid", said Vaidehi Vekariya, while going on to add that she wants to become an astronaut when she is old enough.
Vekariya said pupils could not celebrate the discovery, thanks to the pandemic, but included: "This was a desire".