Asteroid spotter Hannah hopes for her name in the stars
A sixth-former who went on work experience to study astronomy and discovered two new asteroids is hoping to have one named after her.
Hannah Blyth was using a remote-controlled telescope to stare into the night sky when she helped spot 22 new asteroids between Mars and Jupiter.
Fellow stargazers hope one will be named “Hannahblyth” after scientists in America confirm the discoveries.
The 18-year-old from Castleton, near Newport, was “totally amazed”.
“It’s an honour that there’s a rock out there which may one day have my name on it,” she said.
“I felt elated when I realised what I was looking at it - it was beyond my wildest dreams.
“It’s totally mind blowing.”
Miss Blyth was on a summer placement with the Faulkes Telescope Project, based at the University of Glamorgan, when she made the discoveries using robotic telescopes in Australia and on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
She was given coordinates to study the sky between Jupiter and Mars which would then direct the telescopes to take photographs of them.
Other astronomers working on the project looked at her images and realised her discoveries.
I need a telescope.