Despite clouds and rain showers the International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) went well at the Cronyn Observatory, Saturday, September 22nd, 6:00—10:00 p.m. Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration (CPSX) Public Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Alyssa Gilbert greeted visitors with the Earth / Moon digital slide presentation from the Exploring the Stars program around 6:30 p.m. Planetary Science undergraduate student Michael Bramble and Western alumni Amanda Papadimos assisted. Because of poor weather, all 3 prizes were raffled off around 8:30 p.m.
Clear sky with some clouds, followed by increasing clouds and rain greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, September 8th, 7:00 p.m. People did not begin arriving until later and eventually graduate student Tyler Desjardins made his digital slide presentation, The Lives of Stars, twice, before a total of 8 visitors.
Clear skies greeted 7 frosh students from Brescia University College at the Cronyn Observatory, Monday, September 3rd, 11:00 p.m. They were joined by 3 more Brescia frosh students for a total of 10 visitors by the end of the evening, 12 midnight.
A hazy cloudy sky greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, September 1st, 8:30 p.m. Undergraduate student Neil Bhatt made his digital slide presentation, “The Solar System,” before 17 people at 8:45 p.m. There were 32 visitors to the Cronyn by the end of the evening.
By Peter Jedicke, Edited by Robert Duff
Fanshawe Conservation Area hosted a star night at the boat launch just above Fanshawe Dam on Saturday evening, August 25th. Under clear skies, Peter Jedicke gave a slide show, "The Wonderful Heavens," including a tribute to Neil Armstrong. As suggested by the Armstrong family in a press release after Armstrong's death earlier in the day, star night attendees looked at the first quarter Moon and gave a wink in appreciation of Armstrong's accomplishment as first man to walk on the Moon. The show also featured an ISS pass in the southwest at 21:38 that was greeted with much enthusiasm and many questions.