Exploring the Stars, 2nd Lambeth Girl Guides and 1st Lambeth Pathfinders and Rangers, February 6th, 2018

A partly cloudy, hazy sky and cold weather greeted 25 visitors (including children and adults / leaders) from the 2nd Lambeth Girl Guides and 1st Lambeth Pathfinders and Rangers, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Amanda then took the group downstairs into the “Black Room” for the “Spectroscopy Demo,” with the visitors putting on the diffraction grating glasses to view the spectra of 4 gas discharge lamps set out on the table, including: hydrogen, helium, neon and mercury.
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Exploring the Stars, King’s University College Foundations and King’s Scholar Programs, January 31st, 2018

A cloudy, later clearing, slightly hazy sky greeted 25 visitors (students and a faculty member) from the King’s University College Foundations and King’s Scholar programs, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza presented the digital slide presentation “The Earth Moon System” and fielded questions. The visitors then divided into 2 groups with Amanda taking one group downstairs into the “Black Room” for the “Transit Demonstration” activity and the “Spectroscopy Demo.” The other group went with RASC London Centre member Bob Duff upstairs into the dome. The 2 groups later exchanged places between the “Black Room” and the dome.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, January 27th, 2018

A partly cloudy, later clearing sky greeted an estimated 80 visitors to the Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Why can’t I see any stars tonight?! A look at Earth’s atmosphere and UWO’s role in trying to understand it.” There were 42 visitors in the lecture room for Jeff’s first slide presentation and 28 in the dome or just arriving, as counted by RASC London Centre member Bob Duff at 7:30 p.m. There were just 5 people for Jeff’s second presentation. In all, there were an estimated 80 visitors for the evening.
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Exploring the Stars, 67th London Spark Unit, January 23rd, 2018

A cloudy sky with a light drizzle or rain greeted 20 visitors (10 children and 10 adults / leaders) from the 67th London Spark Unit for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions.
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