Story by Liz Ptaszynski, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of noao.edu
Have you ever wanted to just take a break from the heavy lifting of the pages from your overpriced textbook or the all too eager nagging of your Netflix queue and just looked up at the sky? Sure, the idea may seem all too simple. What’s actually up there that you have yet to see? All too often we seem to take the beauty of nature for granted.
“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” As it turns out, however, George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life is not the only one who wants to see the moon up close in all its glory. In fact, the Astronomy Club dedicates their time to give students the opportunity to give the night sky a closer look. Set to meet on the last Saturday of every month (weather permitting) these students gather at the Baldwin Observatory to examine the stars.
For those of you who do not know, the Baldwin Observatory is located at the top of Albertus Hall. In 1992, it was generously built with the aid of the Baldwin Foundation. It’s goal was to bring both students and the public together so that they could explore the night sky together in an effort to increase their understanding of astronomy. In the late nineties the observatory was used for classes. Today, with the help of Astronomy Club, it serves the public.
Sadly, however, due to a lack of members of the club, the Baldwin Observatory has been closed down. For years, the observatory has sat unused and untouched desperately awaiting eager students ready to learn.
This year, however, that is going to change. Under control of President senior Alecia LaVictor, the club has high aspirations for this year.
“We are looking to really get Aquinas excited for Astronomy club and really want to come out and see what the observatory has in store for them,” she encourages students.
Though there is no finalized date for the reopening of the observatory, the Astronomy Club is hoping to have it open November 7 for Jr. Saints Weekend. For those of you who are interested in helping out with their event or is interested in joining Astronomy Club, you can find out more information about them by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.