Stargazers get chance to learn about night sky

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 1995, 12:00am

THE Chinese University is looking for students with stars in their eyes for a special special summer camp.

All secondary students above Form Three are invited to take part in the annual 'Rhapsody of Stars' organised by a group of the university's students.

Organiser Kit Ma Lai-ching, a third-year physics student, said the age level was set so students could understand the subject and for safety reasons.

The project, organised jointly by Astronomy Workshop and New Asia and Shaw Colleges' astronomy clubs, aims to promote astronomy among secondary students.

The programme includes a seminar, expected to attract around 100 participants, with 50 attending the astronomy camp.

The seminar will introduce basic observation techniques and fundamental knowledge of astronomy. Participants will be able to visit the observatory of New Asia College, with its 12-inch Newtonian reflector.

'Participants can observe the night sky with the reflector and practise what they have learned during the seminar,' Ms Ma said.

'Another objective of the programme is to facilitate future organisers-to-be in learning the necessary skills. Some students may be so enthusiastic they want to introduce the knowledge to their fellow students.' Ms Ma said students with fundamental understanding of physics would have an edge over others in studying the subject.

The programme will take place at the university's New Asia College on July 15 (seminar) and between July 21 and 23 (camp).