Three Pinay students just got asteroids named after them and we’re over the moon!

Three Filipina students have asteroids named after them on International Asteroid Day in recognition of their major contribution to scientific research in the Philippines.

Three Filipina students have made a stellar mark on the cosmos: They now have asteroids named in their honor.

Nadine Antonette Obafial, a robotics engineering student from the Ateneo de Davao University, received this cosmic recognition on International Asteroid Day. Asteroid 2000 OZ31, discovered on July 30, 2020, is now officially Asteroid 34044 Obafial.

This incredible honor came after Nadine and her team secured second place in the plant sciences category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2017. Their groundbreaking project showed that Acacia bark extract is an effective organic insecticide against the adult black rice bug—a significant leap in scientific research in the Philippines.

“Her team’s exceptional science investigatory project significantly contributed to the country’s scientific development,” announced Ateneo de Davao University.

For the same feat, asteroids were also named after her team members. Rubeliene Chezka Fernandez Gloria now has Asteroid 34047 Gloria, and Myrelle Angela Colas is honored with Asteroid 34049 Myrelleangela.