LONDON, November 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pupils at the Hammersmith Academy and the UCL Academy looked to the stars by taking part in educational initiative 'Discovery in a Week'. The initiative that brings together PHD Astronomy students from UCL with secondary school pupils was piloted in two London schools during the summer term. The young astronomers enhanced their theoretical knowledge and made real astronomic discoveries by finding and registering stars with an international index. The programme was made possible thanks to the Russian philanthropic foundation 'Noosphere' in partnership with the Mayor's Fund for London, and with support from the BE OPEN foundation. Pupils at Hammersmith Academy analysed pictures produced by a powerful telescope in Australia. They discovered four stars in the Centaurus constellation and recorded them in the International Variable Star Index - all four are classified as W Ursae Majoris eclipsing binary variable stars. Pupils at the UCL Academy discovered 5 new variable stars in the Libra constellation, and their findings will be registered soon. Yelena Baturina, Founder of 'Noosphere' said: "We are very grateful to the schools for piloting the Discovery project, and to the kids for being so great at it. Their openness to new knowledge and passion for discoveries is what we have always sought to encourage in younger generations. Appreciation of the universal scientific and creative principles can unite people from all parts of the world, foster mutual respect and protect us from future conflicts."