Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Nicole Oliveira

Explore Alliance Ambassador - Nicole Oliveira
Brazil
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At just eight years of age, the Brazilian girl Nicole Oliveira is known as the world's youngest astronomer, looking for asteroids as part of a NASA-affiliated program, attending international seminars and meeting with her country's top space and science figures.

The project, called Asteroid Hunters, is meant to introduce young people to science by giving them a chance to make space discoveries of their own.

On her YouTube channel, Nicolinha has interviewed influential figures like the Brazilian astronomer Duilia de Mello, who took part in the discovery of a supernova called SN 1997D.

Last year, Oliveira traveled to Brasilia to meet with the minister of science as well as with the astronaut Marcos Pontes, the only Brazilian to date to have been to space.

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Recognitions and Awards

On December 9th, 2021 Nicole Oliveira received a Medal of Honor from Science Alert Magazine for being the Youngest Amateur Astronomer in the World dedicated in the search for minor planets. 

I am among the 100 most prodigy children in the world and received a Medal of Honor for being the child who most detected asteroids by Asteroid Hunt and Science Alert Magazine named me the Youngest Amateur Astronomer in the World

As she continued her studies, Nicolinha enrolled in an astronomy course that had to lower its age limit for students down from 12.

On her YouTube channel, Nicolinha has interviewed influential figures like the Brazilian astronomer Duilia de Mello, who took part in the discovery of a supernova called SN 1997D.

Last year, Oliveira traveled to Brasilia to meet with the minister of science as well as with the astronaut Marcos Pontes, the only Brazilian to date to have been to space.

 

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