At 8, this Brazilian is the youngest astronomer in the world

 At just eight years old, the young Brazilian Nicole Oliveira is officially recognized as the youngest astronomer in the world, reports the DailyMail on October 1. Despite her young age, she has already discovered nearly twenty asteroids as part of a program affiliated with NASA.

The program, called Asteroid Hunters, aims to introduce young people to science by giving them the opportunity to make space discoveries themselves. It is managed by the International Astronomical Search Collaboration, a citizen science program affiliated with NASA , in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Science. Very proud, Nicolinha, of her nickname, is one of the strong elements of this program with already 18 asteroids on her counter. " I will give them the names of Brazilian scientists or members of my family, like my mother or my father, " said the young girl.

If his findings are certified, which can take several years, Oliveira will become the youngest person in the world to officially discover an asteroid , breaking the record for Italian Luigi Sannino at 18. “  She really has the eye. She immediately spots dots on images that look like asteroids and often advises her classmates when they're not sure they've actually found any, ”said Heliomarzio Rodrigues Moreira, Oliveira's astronomy professor in a private school in northeastern Brazil, which she attends on a scholarship.

“ When she was two years old, she would raise her arms to the sky and ask me: 'Mom, give me a star', ” says her mother, Zilma Janaca, who works in the craft industry. Nicolinha was so determined to get a telescope that she told her parents she would trade it in for all of her future birthday parties. But such a gift was too expensive for the family, and the girl got it only when she was seven years old. “ I would also like all Brazilian children to have access to science, ” she says.

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