A schoolgirl who discovered 22 new asteroids during work experience at an astronomy project has discovered one of them will be named after her.
Hannah Blyth, 18, was using a a remote controlled telescope at the University of Glamorgan’s Faulkes Telescope Project when she spotted the new asteroids more than 300 million miles away.
Now one of those she found will be named ‘Hannahblyth’ after scientists in America confirmed her unique discovery.
Sixth-former Hannah was on the month-long summer placement when she made the discovery using the robotic telescopes in Australia and on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
She was given co-ordinates to study the sky between Jupiter and Mars and would then direct the telescopes to take photographs of them.
Other astronomers working on the project looked at Hannah’s images and realised she’d found the new asteroids.
The images were then sent to two of the world’s leading asteroid experts, Giovanni Sostero and Ernesto Guido, who confirmed they had never been seen before.
The finds were verified by the Minor Planet Centre at Harvard University in the States who have officially named one of the asteroids after Hannah.
Hannah said: ‘I was not really expecting to be involved with the asteroids never mind finding new ones.
‘It was an extremely exciting moment when we discovered the asteroids, and something to remember.
‘I’m very proud of the fact that I was part of something like that, I had a lot of fun.’
Dr Paul Roche, Head of Astronomy at the University, said: ‘We decided to squeeze this project in to the normally quiet summer months when the telescopes are not being used and it has been an amazing success.’
‘Hannah is very lucky - most amateurs may see one or two of these in their lives so to be involved in spotting 22 while on work experience is fantastic.’