The Saint Xavier High School Astronomy Club exists to serve the needs of current students who express an interest in learning about all things Astronomical. The Astronomy Club owns a Meade ETX 125 cassegrain telescope for student use with both solar and lunar filters, a 2X Barlow, and 2 eyepieces for various magnifications. The Club sponsors viewings of the Sun, Moon and planets with the school telescope at different times throughout the year both before and after school to the student population at large usually by placing our equipment in the popular drop off circle entrance to catch attention. The Astronomy Club also offers a trip to the Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium once a year, as well as an opportunity to teach or fix student or staff telescopes or equipment, whether old or brand new.
The Saint Xavier High School Astronomy Club has a callout in the fall for information about the year. Quarterly gatherings are usually offered around the solstices and equinoxes for the mentioned above viewings.
Communication is traditionally accomplished through the morning announcements and the cafeteria monitors.
Once in a great while something happens in the night sky that is of particular interest to a larger audience than the student body so every effort is made to accommodate and educate the community. A once in a lifetime viewing of Halley’s Comet would be a good example, last seen in 1986. Currently the Astronomy Club is preparing for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 which will affect the local area.
Moderator: Mr. Greg Cambron