Astronomy Club continues fall series


The Southwestern Illinois College Astronomy Club wants to explore the solar system with you this fall!

The club continues its series of talks about space and all its wonders at the Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. All meetings will be held in the Main Complex, Room 1360, at 7 p.m. A viewing session will take place after each meeting, weather permitting. The schedule of events for fall 2013 is as follows:

  • International Space Station is Tuesday, Nov. 19. Humans have made space the final frontier. This meeting will discuss the thrills, chills and shrills of being in space. The rigors of space have mostly become routine thanks to international cooperation; however, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano found that life in space can be full of hazards.
  • Mars Exploration is Tuesday, Dec. 3. Humans have built a space station and have an itching to explore and colonize space. This meeting will describe the next place we may call home, our nearest superior planet, Mars, and the robotic explorers sent there. Discover plans to send humans to Mars in the next few decades and the need to first explore the surface for water - a necessity of life. Learn about the two active rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, which are currently exploring different parts of Mars in search of water and life.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Contact Club Adviser Kyle Stumbaugh at or College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5561, for more information.