Week 4: Famous Observatories

Tonight, our President of Space, Sandhiya Kannan, talked about various types of famous observatories, including Very Large Telescope, European Extremely Large Telescope, and Overwhelmingly Large Telescope. We also discussed the seven Earth-size planets, which were discovered recently, and learned to distinguish which type of telescopes might have been used to capture the astronomy photos we see from day to day.

Week 2: Venus

Tonight, we talked about flytraps and the hottest planet in our solar system, Venus. Also, we listened to Eleanor Rigby, together. At the end, we went to the rooftop and used our 8-inch and 15-inch telescopes to observe the beautiful night sky.

Week 9: Moons

We played a game to learn about what it takes to survive on the moon after your spacecraft crashes on (hopefully) the bright side of the moon. We also talked about the Moon in detail, including other moons that orbit around the planets (and Pluto) in our solar system. Hopefully, you saw the “Supermoon” on Sunday/Monday nights, if you didn’t, you can try again on November 25, 2034, to see an even larger Full Moon…

 

Week 3: Pluto?

 

Tonight, we talked about Pluto, its brief history, Clyde Tombaugh, New Horizons mission, and watched Tabetha Boyajian’s TED talk “The most mysterious star in the universe”. We also observed and hung out under a sky full of stars… 

Week 2: Exoplanets

 

Tonight we talked about how exoplanets are found, the types of planets we are finding, and answered some of the questions you guys had. We also observed Saturn and Albireo. 


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First Weekly Meeting

Today we had our first meeting, and you guys just surprised us with your enthusiasm for space (or pizza). 100 people signed in and showed up to the meeting. We played Space Bingo, ate pizza, and observed the Moon and Saturn even though it was rather cloudy.

STEP Program Students Observation Night

Former Astronomy Club member Jonathan brought his students who are participating in Stony Brook STEP program to observe the night sky and planets through our C8 telescopes. We also showcased our MallinCam for the first time to the public. Through Betsy (our 14" telescope) and the MallinCam, we put up live integrated photos of M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules consisting of more than 300,000 stars, which is about 25,100 lightyears away from Earth.