New Astronomy Club reaches for stars


Courtesy of ESA/Hubble & NASA

"This shot from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies."

Gabriela Garcia, Staff Reporter

Outer space has never looked closer thanks to the Astronomy Club. Senior Noah Van Hooser has created a club that lets students further explore their interest in astronomy through group discussions and technology.

“Space has always been something that I’ve really found interesting, and I think it’s something that a lot of other students would like learning about,” Van Hooser said. “I find that, even in all the classes that are offered here, kids don’t necessarily have the opportunity to learn things they’re curious about or passionate about. So, I think it’s important to have as many clubs as possible to meet those interest and serve people’s curiosity.”

Just like the Texas Astronomical Society, the club will have four star parties every month. These parties give students the opportunity to bring their own telescope and have group discussions about what they observe.

“You can bring your own telescope, and there are lots of members there who are extremely knowledgeable about astronomy that have a lot to teach us,” Van Hooser said. “There are also internet telescopes, and while it may be daylight here we can still observe the night sky in different parts of the world.”

Every student has a different idea of what makes astronomy seem so intricate and interesting.

“I like astronomy because of all the aspects that we think are small, but in reality are bigger than what we can imagine,” senior Garrett McManaman said. “It’s kind of cool to learn more about the unknown. I hope to learn more about stars and comets, because they just have always interested me and they are really cool to look at.”

For club members like junior Jasmine Willis, the fascination with the subject has always been present.

“I was interested in joining the club, because I have always been interested in outer space and knowing more about the universe we live in,” Willis said. “I wanted to join the club, because I want to learn more about space and the universe.”

Meetings will take place on Mondays after school in chemistry teacher Julia Sloan’s room, D212. The times are to be determined due to other members’ schedules.