Students study stars

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By Kiley Brown

Observing space with the high-tech telescope LVAS provides for students, Colin Johnson, sophomore, takes a closer look at the night sky. Photo by Kiley Brown

Students enrolled in Geoscience for the 2017-2018 year along with their family and friends, had  the opportunity to view space with the use of high power telescopes on Sept. 19 in the back of the school by the portables. Las Vegas Astronomical Society (LVAS) volunteered to share their passion and knowledge of astronomy with the Cougs.

“They have been coming here for about four years now,” explains Mrs. McSorely, Geoscience teacher, said. “I went to LVAS’ website and looked at the calendar of events, and you can go to Red Rock and see space from telescopes. [After contacting them], they offered to come to our school and people are happy they came.”

Geoscience classes are currently learning about space, and LVAS gives students the opportunity to take a closer look at what they are learning. The telescopes allow students to view the Las Vegas night sky up close.

“It was pretty cool and a once in a lifetime experience. I would recommend it to anybody interested in learning a bit more about space,” Brennan Moore, junior said.

LVAS astronomers informed students more information about what they were noticing in the night sky. They taught about them about the main sequence of Saturn, the age of the stars, and about the brightest star in the solar system, Vega.

“We’re currently studying space and the universe and it is a great opportunity for LVAS to come with their high-tech telescopes and let us observe space,” McSorely said.

Some geoscience teachers even offered extra credit to get students involved and interested in what they are currently learning in class. Teachers gave students a half sheet of paper with a few questions they had to answer about their findings.

“I told my family about the event because I thought it would be a good idea to get extra credit. My family and I both did enjoy it because it’s something we’ve never really done before,” Sterling Penny, sophomore, said.

 

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Kiley Brown is a junior, and it is her second year on staff. She is a huge music junkie; you’ll never see her without her earbuds. Other than listening to music 24/7, she enjoys biking, re-watching “The Office” for the millionth time, and hanging out with friends. Kiley is excited to be apart of The Roar again and hopes to branch out into writing for different sections for the website.