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Indian schoolgirls discover asteroid moving towards Earth – CNN

New Delhi (CNN)Two Indian schoolgirls have discovered an asteroid which is slowly shifting its orbit and moving toward Earth.

Radhika Lakhani and Vaidehi Vekariya, both studying in 10th grade, were working on a school project when they discovered the asteroid, which they named HLV2514.
The girls, from the city of Surat in the western Indian state of Gujarat, were participating in a Space India and NASA project, which allows students to analyze images taken by a telescope positioned at the University of Hawaii.
Aakash Dwivedi, senior educator and astronomer at Space India, told CNN that students across India were taught how to spot the celestial bodies using software which analyzes images collected by NASA’s PAN Star telescope. Students then searched for moving objects in the pictures.
The project, Dwivedi explained, was intended to involve and educate students in science and astronomy.
“We started the project in June and we sent back our analysis a few weeks ago to NASA. On July 23, they sent us an email confirming that we had identified a near Earth object,” Vekariya, who is 15 years old, told CNN.
Dwivedi explained that the asteroid is currently close to the orbit of Mars — but in 1 million years, it will change its orbit and move closer to Earth, although it will still be at a distance of more than 10 times the distance which exists between the Earth and the Moon.
“Asteroids are taken very seriously by NASA. Since this asteroid is changing its orbit it has become news,” said Dwivedi.
Asteroids, also known as minor planets, are small rocky objects that orbit the sun.
Vekariya said pupils could not celebrate the discovery, due to the pandemic, but added: “This was a dream. I want to become an astronaut.”
She said: “It is such a vast topic. There is no limit to search in space, especially the black hole theory.”

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All the Things Indian Matchmaking’s Aparna Simply Cannot Stand – Vulture

If you’ve watched any of Netflix’s new reality dating series Indian Matchmaking, you’re probably aware that matchmaking hopeful and breakout star Aparna Shewakramani can be a little, well, picky. Throughout the episodes, we follow Aparna as she goes on a series of first dates, set up by the impeccably dressed matchmaker Sima Auntie, with varying degrees of success — due to her (how do we put this kindly?) demanding personality. Look, the woman likes things the way she likes them, and you’d better believe she knows exactly what she likes and what she doesn’t. It just so happens that she doesn’t like much.

We decided to round up everything Aparna has said she simply can’t stand, from comedy to lawyers to first dances at weddings. Sure, the astrologer on the show calls Aparna “fickle minded” and “rude in speech,” but we think she’s just a polarizing woman who isn’t afraid to go after the things she wants in this world and to avoid the things she doesn’t care for — which, again, are many, including:

• Football

“You do you, boo.”
Photo: Netflix

• Watching football (live or on television)

She is nothing if not clear.
Photo: Netflix

• Seeing someone all the time

• Seeing her future husband all the time

Points were made.
Photo: Netflix

• Having been to only 40 countries

• Three-hour dates

• People who need to be the funniest guy in the room

• People who don’t know Bolivia has salt flats

Oh yeah? Oh no.
Photo: Netflix

• Lawyers

• People who want the same things she does

• Changing herself for others

To be fair, she said she was sorry.
Photo: Netflix

• Cooking

The “or ever” is really sending me.

• The outdoors

• Comedy

Okay, this I deeply understand.

• This man she called “the funny man,” whom she dated once

• People who are seven years older than she is

• The food at Rice University

• Not being good at ax-throwing

Who among us has not felt this way?

• Red wine that isn’t Cabernet

Why do I feel like it actually won’t do?

• Men without a clear career path, even if they have written three books

• Men who want to live near the ocean

• Norway (only five hours of sunlight a day)

• Beaches

But she did live on a boat once for 100 days.

• Lying on a beach for more than two or three hours

Don’t make her do it.
Photo: Netflix

• Relaxing for ten days

It’s weird.
Photo: Netflix

• A mountain she climbed in Patagonia

• Dubai

• Disney World

Subtext: I don’t like Disney World.

• Being a lawyer (technically different than “Lawyers”)

Aparna’s response to the question “Do you like being a lawyer?”

• South Africa and other “weirdly touristy places”

Okay, that explains why she doesn’t like Disney World.

• Cuba (felt unsafe/sex tourism)

• Most of her first dates

• Chicago (the city, not the musical)

• When she’s on a date and the guy talks to other people

• Lawyers, again

She really hates lawyers.
Photo: Netflix

• Jupiter driving her astrological bus for 16 years

• The 5K she has to run for her friend’s bachelorette party in NYC

• Passionately romantic men

• Looking inward at why she is so demanding

• Being a lawyer for ten years

• This one goat in her goat-yoga class

• Cakes at weddings

• Flowers at weddings

• First dances at weddings

She doesn’t need any of that stuff.

• Children at weddings

Did you hear that, kids? Never!

Seeing a child at her wedding

“I don’t want to SEE that,” Valerie Cherish but also Aparna re: children at her wedding.

• Waiting for people to begin eating

• Los Angeles (went once for a weekend, left early)

Sima Auntie, trying to find a match for Aparna.

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