Ronaldo Laishram, a student from Manipur discovered a preminary unknown asteroid, which is set to be placed in the global minor body catalogue maintained by the international Astronomical Union in Paris when it is provisional. The asteroid is now catagorised as Main Belt object MAUR397.Now he and his patner Dhariya Bhimwal of the team Salonivia Conquerors await validation. After the validation, they will name that asteroid.
The asteroid search is conducted globally by the international Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC),and in India by SPACE, a Delhi-based science popularisation organisation that conducts space-related events and competitions for students.The IASC released real time data of space from which Ronaldo made his observations through a special software and sending daily reports to the IASC. ”It is therefore important to keep a close watch on these objects for the safety of the Earth,” said an official from SPACE. He added”All observations contribute to the Near Earth Object (NEO) data compiled by NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab(JPL)”.
Ronaldo, son of Laishram Mahajon Singh and L(O) Sanahanbi Devi of Khangabok , Thoubal made 11 NEO observations, 1 NEO confirmation in addition to the asteroid. Ronaldo, which is currently studying Computer Science and Engineering in SJCE, Mysore is interested in hunting and discovering things from his childhood. He gives the credit to God, his parents, teachers and his friends. He also thanks to his brothers. He further stated that without them his life will be different way. His real time living idol is Albert Einstein.
SPACE would also felicitate him on a common platform a during a Felicitation Ceremony in New Delhi.Patrick Miller, Director,IASC congratulated him.