Marian Catholic College student Amos Salvestro has many passions in his life, including a love for bowling, but one of his greatest is peering through a telescope to learn about the universe.
While some students his age might dream of becoming an astronaut, Amos rather dreams of becoming an astronomer.
“I enjoy finding out stuff about planets and stars – I just find it fascinating,” Amos said.
He said what started his passion was the “idea there is infinite space past the Earth”.
“I just thought that was incredible – it would be weird to think we’re in a box and we can’t leave.”
From there, Amos began researching further into the field to learn more.
And, while Amos is only in year eight, he is already considering all future prospects within the field.
He hopes to find a placing at a university in Canberra to study astronomy.
“I hope that I can get to the stage where it’s my job.”
Yet, young astronomers like Amos have many an obstacle or technical issue to contend with.
When asked if he had an impressive telescope through which to view the stars, Amos responded:
“I did have a telescope but having younger siblings isn’t easy to deal with sometimes – I’m still finding pieces of that telescope now.”
And, he noted that with home renovations currently underway, he may be unable to afford a new one any time soon.
Yet, he still holds out hope he can one day buy a new one to continue enabling his passion.
While he believes “most things have been discovered”, Amos said he would love to discover something new or, at least, assist in the discovery.
But, with new and improved technology becoming a constant and even daily reality, it is surely inevitable more discoveries are within grasp.
“I guess there are so many stars that eventually, if I do become an astronomer, hopefully I should find one,” he said.