Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Cloudy skies with rain showers greeted some 50 visitors (adults and children) for the Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 8:00 p.m. Graduate students Dilini Subasinghe and Tony Martinez hosted the event. RASC London Centre was represented by Peter Jedicke and Bob Duff, later joined in the dome by Everett Clark. Dilini made her digital slide presentation, Saturn and fielded questions. Peter listened to Dilini’s presentation but had to leave soon afterwards.

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Exploring the Stars, Private Group, April 10th, 2014

Cloudy skies with occasional rain greeted 6 visitors (3 children and 3 adults) from a private group for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. They immediately went upstairs into the dome where RASC London Centre member Everett Clark showed them the communications tower in south London through the big 25.4cm refractor (32mm Erfle eyepiece, 137X). He also gave them 3 Moon Gazers’ Guide cards.

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Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board Gifted, April 9th, 2014

Clear skies greeted 44 visitors (22 children and 22 adults) from the London District Catholic School Board Gifted Grade-8 students for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made his digital slide presentation Our Solar System — an updated version including material from the presentation The Small Bodies in Our Solar System — and then fielded questions. He then introduced the activity Constellations, with a demonstration of the sky charting software Stellarium. Tony then distributed 25 Star Finder planispheres and explained how to assemble and use them.

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Exploring the Stars, Blyth Academy, April 8th, 2014

Clear skies with a few clouds greeted 16 visitors (10 students and 6 adults) from the Blyth Academy (Grade-9) for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation Life in the Universe and fielded questions. She followed this with the activity Crater Experiment with the students gathered around the table placed at the front of the lecture room to see craters formed by objects dropped into a pan filled with flour topped with powdered chocolate.

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Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board Gifted, April 7th, 2014

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 32 visitors (14 students and 18 adults) from the London District Catholic School Board Gifted Grade-7 students for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Monday, April 7th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation The Small Bodies in Our Solar System and fielded questions. She then introduced the activity Kitchen Comet with the students gathering around the table placed at the front of the lecture room as she made a comet from dry ice and other ingredients. Shannon followed this with the activity Constellations, distributing some 19 Star Finder planispheres to the students and some interested adults and showing them how to assemble them. She used the slide of a Star Finder planisphere and several slides of constellations to show people how to use them.

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