By Riley Morrison ’16
The Brophy Space(Student Planetary, Astronomy, and Cosmology Enthusiasts Club), moderated by Mr. Noah Lewkowitz ’98 for the past three years, continues to help members understand the big questions in life: Where we come from, where we are and what’s out there.
“I think it’s important to understand space because its where we come from,” Mr. Lewkowitz said. “I think it’s also good to understand your place in all of it… Its a humbling sort of thing to learn.”
The Space Club president Freddie Rios ’15 is of the same mind.
“Its really fun to be the club president and plan all these events and hopefully carry them out,” Rios said.
The club was started three years ago by Mr. Lewkowitz.
“I like space, I’m a bit of a space enthusiast myself,” he said. “I started the club my first year here. I did the club fair by myself without any students. Now I have a group of students who have been with me for three years.”
Different pieces of the club attracted members.
“My interest in space, and being able to see all the stars and maybe planets if its a good night,” Rios said of what drew him to the group.
Most of the projects involve bringing space science to the campus.
These include sending a weather balloon to the edge of space, ordering a new, top of the line telescope for the Brophy campus and trying to get the club to the vatican observatory in Tucson.
The club also needs more students to fill its ranks.
“Were always going to be looking for new members,” Rios said.
The meetings themselves are relatively relaxed.
“It looks calm,” Rios said. “We’re planning things out.”
The club generally meets every Wednesday at lunch and have discussions about upcoming projects, among other topics.
“We usually talk about space and news related items,” Mr. Lewkowitz said. “We discuss some planned activities we are attempting and we all eat lunch in my room. We tend to watch some space related movies if we have leftover time.”