Overview of Astronomy Club
The Astronomy Club in Victoria Junior College is composed of passionate individuals who are interested in astronomy. During normal sessions on every Friday, we would have theory sessions and star-gazing (if the weather permits) as our activities. We learn about the many things related to astronomy during the theory sessions and put what we learn to practice when we stargaze at night.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
Many people living in Singapore think that stars are not visible here on our tiny island due to the amount of light pollution. But what they might not know is that when the sky is clear of clouds and is dark enough, many stars are visible to the naked eye in Singapore. For instance, members of the Astronomy Club would have stargazing sessions at the school field at night and since the surrounding areas are free of tall buildings, many stars would light the night sky up.
How often do you have your trainings?
Once every week on Fridays, sessions are an hour long from 4.30pm to 5.30pm before we proceed with stargazing at night at around 7pm till late.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
The theory sessions are comprised of the EXCO members introducing astronomy concepts to the rest of the members. Once the theory sessions are completed, members who are staying back for stargazing (if the weather is good) would go for dinner together before reporting back at the school field at around 7. We would stargaze until around 10pm before packing up and leaving for home.
More about Astronomy Club
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
Astronomy is a very unique CCA that isn’t common everywhere. I felt that I would be able to gain more from joining a CCA that is different from the subjects that I take. The theory sessions on astronomy focuses a lot on astrophysics and physics is a subject that I don’t take. Taking astronomy as my CCA lets me expand my knowledge and teach me about things that I normally would not come into contact in.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
The June Trip to Mersing, Malaysia was the best part in the whole of my CCA journey. The aim of the trip was to be able to see the stars in a non-polluted sky. It was an amazing experience when we got to see the Milky Way with our own eyes. The constellations we could trace out on the skies were mesmerising. It was a great opportunity for us to bond too through the stargazing and the day activities. It is an experience that wouldn’t be forgotten anytime soon, and something I myself am looking forward to in 2018!
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
In Astrochallenge 2017, seven of our friends got into the AC2017 Hall of Fame, with the top 50% scores. One of our teams got the third place in the Senior Project Round.
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
Members of the astronomy club are extremely friendly and welcoming so friendships are forged easily. It’s a place where we get to bond over common interests with a very supportive culture. It’s real chill too, so no worries.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
Join us. You will not regret your decision. The knowledge that you will gain and the friendships that you will forge here would last you for a lifetime! Don’t worry if you don’t have any knowledge regarding astronomy, because that’s what we’re here for and we just need your passion in astronomy! (-:
Jasmine Ong Jie Min, 17S31