Star Night, Fingal Wildlife Management Area, May 5th, 2014

Partly cloudy skies greeted 47 visitors from the home school group Kids Learning Connection of London to the RASC London Centre’s Fingal Wildlife Management Area Dark Sky Observing Site, Monday, May 5th, 2014. RASC London Centre Public Outreach Coordinator and Past President Dave McCarter began the event around 7:00 p.m. with an orientation talk. This was followed by observing the late afternoon Sun through the London Centre’s 60mm Coronado H-Alpha Solar Telescope and Dave’s 80mm Stellarvue refractor fitted with a white-light filter.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Mostly clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 24th, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Faculty member Dr. Sarah Gallagher made 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation Gasbags and Blowhards Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe before an audience numbering 28 people by 8:40 p.m. Graduate student Richard Cyr was crowd manager and estimated more than 90 people in his count by 10:22 p.m.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Partly cloudy skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Professor Els Peeters made her digital slide presentation Carbon and Our Cosmic Roots. There were 28 people in the lecture room by 8:45 p.m. and a total of 45 visitors by the end of the evening during which the slide presentation was made twice.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Some hazy clouds with later clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Professor Martin Houde made his digital slide presentation Submillimetre Astronomy twice, first at 8:30 p.m. and again at 10:00 p.m. Graduate student Abedin Abedin was crowd manager. There were about 12—15 people in the dome around 9:08 p.m. There were 12 people in the dome and 18 in the lecture room around 10:14 p.m. for Professor Martin Houde’s second slide presentation. People came and went for an estimated total number of 49 visitors for the evening.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Partly cloudy skies greeted visitors for the first Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Faculty member Dr. Pauline Barmby began her digital slide presentation The Eta Aquarids: Shooting Stars from Halley’s Comet before an audience of 9 people (not including 2 who came and went). There were 12 people later in the dome and 15 visitors in total by the end of the evening. Postdoctoral fellow Sofia Lianou was crowd manager.

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