By Nicholas Moll, Liberal Studies – Mathematics
On the evening of October 14th into the 15th, the Southern Maine Community
College Association of Cosmic Explorers met for the first time to host a space party.
After a period of being dormant, approximately 20 students met in front of Ocean
View cafeteria to dust off their telescopes and focus them into the heart of our solar
The club meets every Wednesday at 3pm, in Hildreth 201 to plan future
events, develop research initiatives, and discuss their place in the cosmic scheme of
During the first meeting the club observed many celestial objects such as
Betelgeuse (the highest star in the Orion constellation, possibly the only star we will
see, with the naked eye, explode in our lifetime), the Pleiades star cluster, Mars,
Venus, and Jupiter and its moons.
SMCC ACE is also planning to visit nearby research institutions like U-Maine
Orono and MIT to discuss how professionals conduct research, to gather more
information about how their programs operate, and to get some advice about their
telescopes. They will also discuss the universe and the beauty of the entirety of it.
The first project they’ll be working on is the construction of a few radio
telescopes to make observations of our ionosphere. This will be actual research that
will be sent off to aid a coalition of scientists who need as much information as they
So come on down to Hildreth 201 to check them out. Have you ever looked at
the night sky in wonder, and wanted to know more? All are welcome! Astronomy
For more information about SMCC ACE please contact our advisor Kevin
Kimball at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the club president Evelyn Waugh at