Cloudy skies with occasional snow flurries greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe began her digital slide presentation, “Smaller Bits of the Solar System,” before 6 visitors, including one small child. More people arrived, increasing the total to 10 visitors by the end of the evening, not including 3 people (2 adults and one child) who briefly looked in on the slide presentation later in the evening but did not stay.
Cloudy skies greeted 20 visitors (16 children and 4 adults) from the 50th London Guides, to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge.” Tony reported that the Guides were full of questions and so the presentation continued for over an hour—another great night for astronomy! There were 18 “Moon Gazers’ Guide” cards and one “Star Finder” planisphere distributed.
Cloudy skies greeted 22 visitors (11 children and 11 adults) from the 77th Masonville Beavers, including Western Astronomy faculty member Dr. Pauline Barmby, to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 6:15 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and followed this with the activity “Crater Experiment.”
Hazy, partly cloudy skies greeted 43 visitors (25 children and 18 adults) from the 55th Girl Guides Unit of London for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, November 28th, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge.” Before starting his slide presentation, Tony briefly demonstrated the sky charting software “Stellarium,” showing them what the sky would look like if there were no clouds and explaining that the software was freely available on-line.