With immense pleasure, we congratulate Arnav Gupta X-N and Saiaansh Bakshi X-N, for marking their name in the scientific hall of fame, as they had made a Provisional Discovery of an Asteroids as a part of the All India Asteroid Search Campaign (AIASC) 2021, July 2021 campaign organized by SPACE in India.
A preliminary detection is the first, original observation of a new asteroid. The asteroid must be observed a second time within the next 7-10 days. If it is, then the detection is changed to provisional status by the Minor Planet Center (MPC). Asteroid discoveries with provisional status are maintained in the MPC database for many years until there have been a sufficient number of observations to fully determine the orbit. That process typically takes 6-10 years, at which point the asteroid is numbered and cataloged by the International Astronomical Union. Numbered asteroids can be named by their citizen scientist discoverers.