Astronomy Club is out of this world


Miles Beckston Kiernan, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor

What’s out there in the vast expanse of space? What do we still have to learn about this universe of ours? The astronomy club delves deeper into these questions during their activities. 


The Riverton High Astronomy Club had a club activity on Friday, December the sixth. For the activity, the group watched the film Interstellar. The film is an interesting example of what could happen if we exhaust are resources or if disaster were to strike. 


In the movie, humanity is struggling to survive as more resources disappear. A former spacecraft pilot named Cooper has taken up farming with his family. Cooper, who clearly isn’t happy with settling for that life states, “We used to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.” When the opportunity to save humanity from their eventual extinction presents itself, Cooper leaves Earth with a crew of three others to see if the astronauts before them have found any planets have been found that could be habitable. 


The movie educates the viewer on interstellar phenomena and an idea of why these phenomena are significant while also being interesting and well made. 


“We’re not meant to save the world… we’re meant to leave it,” says Dr. Brand, one of the characters involved in the project to find a new world for us to live on.


While this may be true in the long run, it doesn’t necessarily mean we should be wasteful with our resources. If the world were to die, a lot of stuff will have died with it. 


Another issue that the movie addressed was the fact that we probably wouldn’t be able to take everyone with us when we left. The idea that some of us would get left behind is distressing, to say the least. How would we be able to make a call like that? 

The movie, while being about fictitious and out of this world events, delves into very human emotion, as many of these characters, while adhering to the directive, also use their emotions to fuel their decisions. Showing both the scientific and humanistic sides of things was more realistic than just science. 

Activities like this are very effective for clubs that normally might not get the most attention. Making the subject matter of the club more accessible will draw more people in and make them feel more in their element while being exposed to a subject that might feel daunting otherwise.