Clear skies with some clouds greeted 16 visitors from the group Plenty of Fish for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, April 25th, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Emily McCullough made her digital slide presentation, “Neat Stuff Nearby in the Universe” before 15 people, soon joined by one more for a total of 16 visitors. After the slide presentation Emily used the space simulation program, “Celestia,” to demonstrate planetary orbits in the solar system, including Pluto and the other dwarf planets, comets and the Oort cloud.
Cloudy skies greeted 14 visitors (11 children and 3 adults) from the 3rd London Guides for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Allison Hill made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge.” She then distributed 14 “Star Finder” plansipheres to the group and showed them how to assemble and use them.
Hazy clouds with some clear sky greeted 53 visitors (28 children and 25 adults) from the Ryerson Public School combined grade-6 classes for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 7:00 p.m. The evening had begun with just 47 people in the lecture room, increasing the 53 visitors by 8:00 p.m.
Dave McCarter attended combined grade-6 classes, totalling 42 people (40 students and 2 teachers), at Ryerson Public School on Monday, April 8th, 2013, 2:10—3:30 p.m., and presented his new, recently finished slide show, “The Telescope: Instrument of Discovery.” There were many relevant and excellent questions from the students during and after the talk. The students were to be at the Cronyn Observatory for an evening of Exploring the Stars, Tuesday, April 16th. Despite a dismal weather forecast, Dave hoped for some clear sky.
Cloudy skies with some occasional light wet snow precipitation greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Saturday evening Open House, April 13th, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel began her presentation, “Smaller Bits of Our Solar System” before and audience of some 28 people (18 adults and 10 children), which increased to 56 visitors by the end of the evening.