3 High-School Sophmores from Racine, Wisconsin were notified on Monday that a celestial body they discovered during a science project has been verified as an asteroid. Connor Leipold, Tim Pastika and Kyle Simpson will be able to name the asteroid, for now known as 2008 AZ28, in about four years.
"It’s extremely rare and I don’t know if an asteroid has ever been discovered by high school students before," Vanden Heuvel said. "Ninety-nine percent are discovered by professional researchers."
The students are currently doing follow-up research on other potential objects they located which may be asteroids.