LANCASTER schoolgirl Eve Canovan is starstruck after winning a national contest to name an asteroid.
Seven-year-old Eve’s competition entry was deemed to be out of this world by judges of the Centre for Life’s competition, run in conjunction with the Times Eureka science supplement.
Eve beat more than 500 other entries to win the top prize, hand-picked by top judges including esteemed Venezuelan astronomer Orlando Naranjo, who discovered the asteroid Eve named.
Prof Naranjo discovered the asteroid in 1998, and decided to gift it to the Centre for Life to mark its 10th anniversary last year and to reflect its educational work as Europe’s largest provider of formal taught science workshops.
The centre, based in Newcastle, then decided to create a competition for six to 16 year olds to name the asteroid.
And Dallas Road School pupil Eve, of Westbourne Drive, was picked as the overall winner with her suggested name of Streaky.
Eve stunned the judges with her descriptions of scientists “maddened with rage, as hot as a volcano with smoke coming out of their ears”.
See the LAncaster Guardian (11-03-11) for full story.