Mostly cloudy skies with snow flurries greeted 21 visitors (12 children and 9 adults) from the 68th Beaver Group “A” Colony for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” (adapted for the Cubs) and presented the sky charting software “Stellarium". Tony also demonstrated eclipses using 2 different size balls representing the Earth and the Moon with the slide projector light beam representing the Sun.
Graduate student Parshati Patel made a combined digital slide presentation of “Our Solar System” and “The Small Bodies in Our Solar System” before 21 visitors, including 16 young people (mostly students and several young children) and 5 adults, from the Catholic Central High School Grade-11 class for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Monday, February 24th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Following her presentation Parshati fielded questions from the group.
Cloudy skies, later clearing, greeted 33 visitors (24 children, 8 adults and one young Scout leader) from the 70th and 2nd London Cub Scout Packs at the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Thursday, February 13th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “Constellations”. After this Tony presented the sky charting software “Stellarium”, which went over well, especially when he sped up the clock looking north. Tony then distributed some 30 “Star Finder” planispheres and showed everybody how to assemble and use them.
Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “The Life and Times of Stars” before 34 visitors, including 20 children and 14 adults, from Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion Public School Grade-6 class for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Shannon immediately followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet” making a comet from dry ice and other ingredients on a table at the front of the lecture room.
Partly cloudy skies greeted an estimated 28 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. There were just 14 people (including one small child) when graduate student Parshati Patel began the digital slide presentation “The Life and Times of Stars” around 7:05 p.m. There was a brief intermission around 7:20 p.m. when graduate student Dilini Subasinghe invited everybody upstairs into the dome to view the Moon before it was completely obscured by clouds.