Clouds cleared away to clear skies for the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday evening, August 18th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Ghazal Farhani made her digital slide presentation, “Telescopes in Space,” before visitors who numbered 33 by 8:45 p.m., with 3 more arrivals going directly upstairs into the dome shortly thereafter. The estimated total number of visitors by the end of the evening was 50, possibly 55. However, graduate student Hoda Rashedi counted 63 people by 9:45 p.m.
I could see lots of thick dark cloud while driving up to Grand Bend, and the prospects of enjoying any observing were not looking good. When I arrived at the Community Centre I saw Lucas Piskunowicz with his wife and Everett Clark walking through an empty parking lot. Pretty soon some community members arrived and we began setting up.
Cloudy skies with occasional rain showers made for an unpromising evening for the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, August 11th, 8:30 p.m. RASC London Centre members Dale Armstrong and Bob Duff were there and graduate student Alexander DeSouza invited Bob to say a few words about the RASC London Centre, before launching into his digital slide presentation, “Red Planet,” which gave an overview of Mars exploration from Percival Lowell through various spacecraft missions to the just completed NASA Mars Curiosity Rover landing on August 6th.
Undergraduate student Neil Bhatt made his digital slide presentation, “A Brief Overview of Mars,” beginning shortly after 8:30 p.m., with just 8 visitors, increasing to some 20 people by the end of the evening. Undergraduate student Roger Odell was in charge of the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome and graduate student Maryam Tabeshian supervised the visitors.
Clear skies greeted 30 visitors, including 25 youth (ages 12—16) and 5 counsellors from the Indigenous Services Mini-University Summer Camp at Western to the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, August 1st, 8:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami began his digital slide presentation shortly after 8:30 p.m. He spoke briefly about Astronomy at Western and then about current space missions exploring the solar system. Undergraduate student Neil Bhatt assisted in the lecture room and later opened Starry Night PRO, with Saturn, on the computer in the dome.