Meet the world’s youngest astronomer!


An eight-year-old girl has joined a NASA-affiliated programme searching for asteroids, and has already spotted 18 space rocks, according to her family. Nicole Oliveira, from Fortaleza, Brazil, has had an interest in space since she was a toddler, and was throwing her arms to reach for the stars while learning to walk. At age eight she has been dubbed ‘the world’s youngest astronomer’ thanks to her work with NASA, which also involves attending seminars and meeting science figures. The project she is involved with is known as ‘Asteroid Hunters’ and is designed to introduce young people to science by helping them make their own discoveries.