Setting Stellar Plans for Global Astronomy Month


Look up. What do you see? Well, that depends on where you are. If you’re outside and it’s dark out, chances are you see some clouds, stars, and the moon. During the month of April, those passionate about looking up and studying astronomy celebrate Global Astronomy Month (GAM). Founded by Astronomers Without Borders, this event was designed to connect astronomy enthusiasts around the world to celebrate "One People, One Sky."

Laurel Springs also caters to astronomy enthusiasts through our Astronomy Club. Full-time students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to join, especially if they’re interested in discussing space-related news and exploring topics, including solar systems, space travel, astrophysics, and more. In preparation for GAM, a few club members shared what they love most about space and being part of this global community. 

In & Out of this World

While members of the Astronomy Club enjoy shooting for the moon, many of the topics discussed in the club bring them back down to earth. Guest speakers talk with club members about various areas of astronomy, while offering insights and career options. One club member, grade 10 student Sam Antoniak, took some of this advice to heart. Now he's an aspiring aerospace engineer. “My favorite club activity is talking to other students about space travel and research,” Sam says. “Astronomy gives me a perspective of the universe. The feeling of observing the vast and unexplored territory of space is very inspiring to me.”

Grade 9 student, Nick Pilone, is also inspired by the vastness of space. “I personally love all the crazy and wonderful things out there, that are odd and hard to explain...they push the boundaries of science.” He’s been part of the club since the start of the school year and is always excited to learn about what’s happening up there, especially the recent Perseverance landing. 

When it comes to celebrating Global Astronomy Month, Sam has some stellar plans:

“I'll be spending more time under the night sky observing with my telescope. I have an 8-inch Dobsonian telescope that I have modified with digital encoders to help find dim objects in the sky. I use my phone to readout the altitude and azimuth of the telescope, and use a star chart software to locate objects.”

Other Worldly Clubs

Whether your head is in the clouds, or you prefer your feet planted on the ground, Laurel Springs has a wide variety of clubs to choose from. All full-time students from grades K-12 are encouraged to join a group that helps spark their imagination and motivation to connect with others in our global community. Contact to learn more about what clubs are currently available.