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October 26, 2023

Community basks in glory of outer space at annual Moon Party

Vibha Viswanath
Coppell High School senior Ethan Camaret views the moon through a telescope during the Moon Party. The annual Moon Party was held on Wednesday at CHS Main Entrance and Commons for astronomy students to showcase their knowledge and celebrate the moon.

Children stare in awe into telescopes, jaws hanging as they marvel at the moon’s beauty. Parents and students galore peruse through lines of trifolds rich in information about various planets and galactic activities. Palpable energy fills the space.

The yearly Moon Party has commenced.

Organized by Honors Astronomy teacher Angela Barnes, Wednesday’s celebration centered around this moon in honor of the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8. This year’s celebration occurs after a break last year due to the ice storm.

“It’s celebrating all the knowledge that my students have accumulated thus far and what they want to share,” Barnes said. “I learned so much from my students and if I’m learning from them, I want them to also share what they love and know with the rest of the district. Hopefully, people will walk away from tonight with a bunch of knowledge about the night sky that they didn’t have before.”

Astronomy students showcased presentations on many space topics, the fruition of a two-month passion project. From in-depth guides on viewing eclipses safely to comparing the habitability of Venus and Mars, each station stood fortified with ample space tidbits and zealous presenters.

“It felt really cool because we got to really use our knowledge to show other people what we have learned this year,” senior Audrey Broussard said. “It’s a really great way to connect back to the community and give back to little kids who want to learn about astronomy and space. It was really fun getting to see everyone and participate in this.”

At the front of the school, a Meade Newtonian reflector telescope and two smaller telescopes gave viewers a glance at the moon and Jupiter. The line of eager astrophiles never seemed to wane down.

“We were working and researching how to use it and trying to fix the balancing during class for the last couple of weeks,” said Arunesh Eswaran, a sophomore astronomy student manning the Meade telescope station. “It feels really good that all the work has paid off and it’s able to actually work. There’s so much of our community here. It’s a lot of fun and I am glad to be able to do it with my team.”

In the gaggle of telescope helpers was AP Statistics teacher Dr. Lowell Johnson, a resident astronomy buff.

“This is just such a great opportunity for me to really just share my love of astronomy with a bunch of kids here,” Dr. Johnson said. “I want the kids to realize that astronomy is just one area but there are things you can learn about science and physics by studying space and the stars. There is so much to learn and if I can keep people interested by looking at things, all the better.”

The class prepares to teach Town Center Elementary School’s fourth graders about the solar system and Barnes plans to host another event with the entire school for the April solar eclipse.

“I have big plans to have my students be ambassadors for the high school to allow us to go out and watch the entire eclipse or at least the totality part safely,” Barnes said.

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Nrithya Mahesh, Staff Designer

Nrithya Mahesh is a captivating junior in her second year of The Sidekick with a focus in design. 

With a passion for mystery novels and art, especially realistic drawings and cartoons, Nrithya finds joy in many creative pursuits. Living in Valley Ranch, she has been a student under Coppell ISD since first-grade. As a lover of all things artistic, Nrithya likes chill music and has a love for singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift.

During her time in quarantine she began perfecting her nail art skills, getting exceptionally good at it until it was time to go back to school. She also enjoys the visual delight of webtoons and deeply enjoys the artistry of them. 

Nrithya enjoys watching TV shows such as "Modern Family" and "Arthur," even writing an opinion piece on how PBS Kids is much better than the other cartoon show networks. Nrithya's admiration for The Sidekick, comes from her love to do what she likes - from crafting cartoons, designing, writing and so much more. You can contact her [email protected].

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Vibha Viswanath is a junior and staff photographer for The Sidekick. This year, Vibha hopes to try new things in Sidekick, explore her interests, and work on various types of media. In her free time, she likes to bake and watch TV. Her favorite TV show is New Girl, and she likes to watch movies with family and friends. Her favorite food is drunken noodles, and she loves to drink Starbucks and Diet Coke. As a member of HOSA, she aspires to study medicine and become a surgeon. You can contact Vibha at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @vibha_kv.  

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    Kavya LokhandeFeb 22, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    Beautifully written Nrithya Mahesh