Just as the transit of Venus sparked excitement among astronomists and amateur sky watchers alike in early June, Hembree Springs Elementary staff, students and families also sought to experience the once (or twice) in a lifetime event.
Viewers from the school safely witnessed Venus crossing in front of the sun using a variety of telescopes and special viewing glasses, as a continuation of the monthly star nights where students get the hands-on opportunity to learn
about astronomy and science, thanks to their very own fifth grade teacher, Javier Tavel.
Tavel volunteers his time, expertise and amazing telescopes throughout the year to afford Hembree families opportunities to experience what the universe has to offer.
As a way to continue to make the star nights “out of this world,” Hembree Springs will soon build an observatory on campus.
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