Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Star Turn Excites Glenmore Students

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Star Turn Excites Glenmore Students

Article excerpt

ASTRONOMY FACTS

Scientists believe we can only see about 5% of the matter in the universe.

Black holes are so dense, and produce such intense gravity, that even light cannot escape.

Shooting stars are usually just tiny dust particles falling through our atmosphere.

Comets sometimes pass through Earth's orbit, leaving trails of dust behind. Earth then ploughs through the dust in its path, and the particles heat up, creating streaks in the night sky.

VENUS, Jupiter and Saturn are just a few of the planets that Stephanie Richter-Stretton and her classmates get to gaze at on a regular basis.

The Glenmore State High School student is part of the astronomy club that is attracting plenty of interest.

"I've always had an interest in science, but I find astronomy interesting because it's something quite different to what we normally study," Stephanie said.

It was a physics class late last year that sparked the interest of students when an old telescope was used during a lesson. …

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