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Many people think that the Astronomy Club is only about looking at stars. Well, if it were, I would have left long ago. In fact, looking at stars is one of things we least do. For stars, however we look through a telescope, just…look like stars, points of light in an abyss of nothingness.

The Astronomy Club is a vibrant community. We welcome all with the slightest interest in astronomy and astrophysics, be it the erudite who questions the motions of celestial bodies, or the poetic who ponders on his place in the Universe. But not the foolish who confuses astronomy with astrology. The Astronomy Club is an active society. We host weekly discussions and activities, represent the school and country in competitions and Olympiads locally and abroad, organise outreach programmes for the school, boarding school and public, collaborate with other schools’ astronomy clubs and organisations on greater projects and many more.

The objectives of the Astronomy Club can be summed up as the following:

  1. A place of gathering for discussing astronomy and astrophysics.
  2. A place for people with such similar interests to have fun.
  3. An advocate for astronomy and astrophysics to the school population, boarding school and public.

The Astronomy Club is a student-led, student-oriented CCA. This means that everything we do is initiated by students, for students. This presents unlimited leadership opportunities to do what you want to do. If I wanted the club to just look at stars, I could. But why stars when there are planets, nebulae and galaxies out there? We ensure that our members are well rewarded with CAS hours through our weekly sessions, camps and outreach programmes. After all, it’s IB.

Come down to the CyberAC rooms located outside CPA 1 on a Wednesday from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. to find out more about the Astronomy Club!

Some competitions and Olympiads:

  • NYP Astronomy Competition
  • RI-HCI Astrigue
  • NUS-NTU AstroChallenge
  • Cassini Scientist for a Day
  • Singapore Astronomy Olympiad (SAO)
  • International Olympiad for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)

Miscellaneous

  • Annual In-house Camp
  • RI Astronite
  • School Astronomy Club Networking Dinner (SAND)
  • Astronomy United

P.S. The Astronomy Club does indeed have a functional observatory donated by one of our ex-members some 17 years ago. It housed the second largest telescope in Singapore then and still is one of the largest now. We even keep the Schmidt-Cassegrain catadioptric telescope won by our members in a competition back in 1997.

Written by Darren Chang

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