Clock-building teen Ahmed Mohamed set to attend White House event

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Ahmed and Other Young Scientists to Stargaze at White House


Monday night, the White House lawn will host its second Astronomy Night, bringing scientists, students and educators together to talk space and do some stargazing.

The relatively low key event has gone under the radar in the past, but the invitation extended to a certain tinkerer from Texas has changed the game this year. Ahmed Mohamed reportedly plans to attend after he and the clock that got him arrested were invited to the White House last month by President Obama.

"We think Ahmed will fit right in," White House Chief Data Scientist D.J. Patil said in September.

Ahmed might have created a slightly awkward situation for the White House by visiting with Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal, just days before the event.

There have been many Astronomy Nights during Obama's presidency, though most of them were on the National Mall. While Ahmed may be the most high-profile invitee, he's one of many young science enthusiasts getting to join.

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Clock-building teen Ahmed Mohamed set to attend White House event
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed was arrested Monday at his school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. He remains suspended and said he will not return to classes at MacArthur High School. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Ahmed Mohamed (2-L), a 14-year-old Sudanese Muslim teenager from the United States who became an overnight sensation after a Texas teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, looks on during an interview in the capital Khartoum on October 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Student Ahmed Mohamed (L) and National Geographic Society CEO Gary Knell attend the Social Good Summit at the 92nd Street Y on September 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Global Goals)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and Sare Davutoglu (L) take a selfie with 14-year-old Muslim boy Ahmed Mohamed (C) arrested for bringing a homemade clock what school officials and police described as a hoax bomb on campus in New York on September 26, 2015. (Photo by Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, talks on a cell phone outside his family's home in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed was arrested Monday at his school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. He remains suspended and said he will not return to classes at MacArthur High School. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Ahmed Mohamed, a Texas Muslim teen arrested after taking his homemade clock to school, explains his clock at his house in Irving, Texas on September 17, 2015. A Texas Muslim teen arrested after taking his homemade clock to school, on Wednesday accepted an invitation by President Barack Obama to show off his invention at the White House. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed is comforted by his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, as they attend a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed stands with his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, right, waves to the media from the front door of his house as his sister, Eyman Mohamed, looks on before a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Irving, Texas. Ahmed was arrested after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed, surrounded by his family, speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed is greeted by a supporter during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Attorney Linda Moreno, Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed, and Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed address the media during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed, 14, was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, poses for a photo at his home in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Mohamed was arrested and interrogated by Irving Police officers on Monday after bringing a homemade clock to school. Police don't believe the device is dangerous, but say it could be mistaken for a fake explosive. He was suspended from school for three days, but he has not been charged. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP) 
Ahmed's sister told me to post this. Yes this situation is real for those questioning. http://t.co/Oxd0JxUS6O
This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school, Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015, in Irving. Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. The family of Ahmed Mohamed said the boy was suspended for three days from the school in the Dallas suburb. (Irving Police via AP)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Israa Abdellah, 17, a student at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving, Texas, holds a sign in support of Ahmed Ahmed Mohammed on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
A sign lights up as a student stands by before classes star at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested at the school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. The student remains suspended from attending classes today and it is unsure if he will return. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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This will be only the second one hosted at the White House. At the first Astronomy Night in 2009, President Obama highlighted the achievements of teen scientists like Lucas Bolyard, who discovered an unusual type of neutron star, and Caroline Moore, who once held the record for being the youngest person to discover a supernova.

This year, more than 100 teens who've caught the space exploration bug have been invited to attend, like Oklahoma high school student Drew Hoke. His school says he recently chatted with a cosmonaut who was aboard the International Space Station. There's also a group of New York high school students who built what looks like their own mini planetarium.

Organizations around the country are invited to host their own Astronomy Night events.

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