Cloudy skies greeted 30 visitors, including 16 children and 14 adults, from the 36th London Sparks for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. She followed this with the activity “Constellations”, distributing 14 “Star Finder” plansipheres and showing the slide “Reading a Star Finder”. Parshati also demonstrated the sky charting software “Stellarium” and explained how it could be downloaded for free to an iPad or cell phone.
Mostly clear, slightly hazy skies with a few clouds, greeted 49 visitors, including 28 children and 21 adults (not counting one infant) from the St. Thomas Brownies for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “The History of Space Exploration” and included a short video about the Rosetta mission by ESA. Tony fielded many questions from the audience. After everybody had gone upstairs into the dome, Tony gave 20 “Star Finder” planispheres to some of the leaders and showed them how to assemble and use them.
Clear skies and cold weather greeted 10 visitors from the French language Monseigneur-Bruyere Catholic Secondary School (for Grades 7-12), including 7 students and 3 adults for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 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”, inviting everybody to the table set up at the front of the lecture room where she created a comet from dry ice and other ingredients.
Partly cloudy, hazy skies and cold temperature greeted 49 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made her digital slide presentation “Exploring Comets” and answered questions. Graduate students Parshati Patel and Emily McCullough operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome.