Fascinating discovery: Astrophysics student with a major in Data Science discovers a new asteroid

On August 30 of this year, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) confirmed the existence of a new asteroid, a discovery in which the Astrophysics student with a major in Data Science at the University of Santiago participated. , Amirah Luna Izidine.

The asteroid does not yet have an official name. “We will have the privilege of naming him later. For now, they call it 2021 TK43”, explained the student from Mozambique, who participated in the work to reach the discovery and report it in October of last year.

The young woman explained that, in 2021, she participated in the IASC (International Astronomical Search Collaboration) asteroid search project through her team, ‘Detectives do cosmos’, using the Astrometrica software, which processes images taken by two telescopes in Hawaii.

“It is the first discovery of an asteroid made exclusively by Mozambique. It is only the beginning of many more discoveries and a motivation to invite more Mozambicans to participate in this search and to raise our flag”, highlighted the student.

Amirah Luna Izidine traveled to study at the University of Santiago because she was struck not only by the prestige of our House of Studies, but also by the differentiating approach of the career, focused on data science.

“My experience in the race so far has been very motivating. I have been able to learn a lot and develop my skills, meet professionals in my area and be inspired by them. On the other hand, it has also been a challenge, since I am a newcomer to the country and entered an entirely new career. In general, I would say that it has been a very unique and enriching experience, both on a human and student level”, he concluded.