Exploring the Stars, 8th Grade GEMS, January 24th, 2013

Graduate students Allison Hill and Ted Rudyk greeted 8 visitors (6 girls and 2 counsellors) from the 8th Grade GEMS to the Cronyn Observatory on Thursday, January 24th, 7:30 p.m. Allison made the digital slide presentation, “The Solar System,” and brought the group upstairs into the dome. It was a very cold night with clear sky.

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Exploring the Stars, London Waldorf School, January 23rd, 2013

A hazy cloudy sky greeted 23 visitors (14 children and 9 adults) from the London Waldorf School to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Graduate students Emily McCullough and Ted Rudyk immediately brought them upstairs into the dome where Ted showed them Jupiter through the 25.4cm refractor. The 52mm (84X) and 32mm (137X) Erfle eyepieces were used with the big 25.4cm refractor. They caught Europa’s reappearance from eclipse behind Jupiter and Ted showed demonstrations of it on the computer using software programs “Celestia” and “Starry Night.”

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Exploring the Stars, 37th London Beavers, January 22nd, 2013

Clear hazy skies greeted 19 visitors (12 children, one infant and 6 adults) from the 37th London Beavers to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Emily McCullough brought them immediately up into the dome and showed them the 4-day-past-first-quarter Moon through the 25.4cm refractor (52mm Erfle eyepiece, 84X).

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Exploring the Stars, 1st Salford Cubs, January 17th, 2013

Cloudy skies greeted 43 visitors (28 children and 15 adults) from the 1st Salford Cubs on Thursday, January 17th, 2013, 6:45 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Emily McCullough and Parshati Patel. Emily made her digital slide presentation, “Cubs and Scouts Astronomy Badge,” using the space simulation program, “Celestia,” at several points throughout to demonstrate some aspects of the solar system.

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Exploring the Stars, Best Buddies, January 16th, 2013

The sky was cloudy when graduate students Allison Hill and Parshati Patel greeted 13 visitors from Best Buddies to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Wednesday, January 16th, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Since the bulb in the projector appeared to be burned-out, Allison made her digital slide presentation, “Constellations and the Solar System,” on the laptop computer set up on the projection cart.

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