Exploring the Stars, Watford Beavers, November 26th, 2014

Cloudy skies greeted 39 visitors (23 children and 16 adults) from the Watford Beavers, including both Beavers and Cubs, for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation “The Earth Moon System” and fielded questions. She followed this with the activity “Constellations,” distributing 26 “Star Finder” planispheres, including 23 to the children in the audience plus 3 more for children unable to be there. Parshati showed everybody how to assemble and use the planispheres, using a slide of a “Star Finder” planisphere and slides of constellations.

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Exploring the Stars, Brownie Group, November 25th, 2014

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 8 visitors (7 children and 1 adult) from a Brownie group for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “Extra Solar Planets” and fielded questions. Shannon followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” asking the children if they knew what a comet was and showing a picture of comets on the projection screen. A little boy in the group answered and said that comets were made of ice. Shannon then invited everybody to the table at the front of the lecture room where she made a comet with dry ice, chocolate powder and other ingredients.

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Exploring the Stars, 1st Watford Scouts, November 18th, 2014

Mostly cloudy skies with cold, windy weather greeted 15 visitors (11 children and 4 adults) from the 1st Watford Scouts for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. She followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet”, inviting everybody to the table at the front of the lecture room and making a comet with dry ice and other ingredients.

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Exploring the Stars, Saunders Secondary School, November 13th, 2014

Mostly clear skies greeted 19 visitors (13 children and 6 adults) from Saunders Secondary School Grade-9 class to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Since there was some concern as to whether the sky would remain clear, graduate student Parshati Patel directed everybody upstairs into the dome at the beginning of the evening for observing.

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Exploring the Stars, Kids Learning Connections, November 12th, 2014

Cloudy skies greeted 25 visitors (including 17 children and 8 adults) from the homeschoolers group Kids Learning Connections to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation "Extra Solar Planets" and used the "Transit Demo" model—a kind of extra-solar planet orrery—to show how a planetary transit in front of another star could be observed.

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