Astronomy Club hosts fundraiser for Joshua Tree trip

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Astronomy Club President Enrique Rueda organizing merchandise for the Astronomy Club fundraiser. It was held Wednesday, Oct. 22, in order to raise money for a field trip. Photo credit: Nicolette Aguirre

Nicolette Aguirre, Associate Arts Editor

Reach for the stars! Or in this case, your wallet.

The Astronomy Club had a fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 22, until 4 p.m.

It was selling such goodies as pop-tarts, chips, fruit snacks, Sunny D, snow cones and a few other snacks.

Astronomy Club Vice-President Hugh Rueda said they were doing the fundraiser and trying to get people to sign up, so the club can go to a two-day field trip on Nov. 15 and 16 at Joshua Tree, a national park.

The Astronomy Club helps students know what astronomy can do for them and what fields they can go into if they want to major in astronomy, astro-physics or even just physics.

One of the main purposes of the club is for students to get a hands-on experience on how to use a telescope.

Rueda said, “We provide students with telescopes and teach them how to use it, so whenever we have club meetings at night – well, the astronomy lab – students get to use the telescopes to look at stars and so on.

“It’s a chance for them to see something different than what we see here, during the day,” he added.

Elsa Anaya, undecided major, mentioned that the Astronomy Club will be having a gathering to watch the solar eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Club President Enrique Rueda said, “Before the solar eclipse starts, we’re going to have every single telescope the school has outside. Professors … (are) going to be broadcasting it online.”