Exploring the Stars, St. Kateri Catholic School, April 22nd, 2015

Cloudy skies with wet snow flurries greeted 50 visitors (26 children and 24 adults) from St. Kateri Catholic School (Grades 4/5/6) for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 7:00 p.m.  Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions.  Parshati followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits”, with the children assembling 18 small telescopes from reusable kits.

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19th Century Star Gazing for Yuri Gagarin Night “Yuri’s Night” at Eldon House, April 12th, 2015

By Robert Duff

Display Case at Eldon House

 

On Sunday evening, April 12th, 2015, 19th Century Star Gazing for Yuri Gagarin Night “Yuri’s Night” was celebrated at London’s Eldon House.  The evening began with a presentation in the Interpretive Centre, 8:00 p.m., followed by stargazing with period and modern telescopes, 8:30—10:30 p.m. This event celebrated Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, who orbited the Earth in a Soviet Vostok spacecraft on April 12th, 1961.  It was also a celebration of 180 years since Eldon House was built in 1834 by Master John Harris, Royal Navy, who surveyed the Great Lakes following the War of 1812.

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Exploring the Stars, 1st Ailsa Craig Guides, Pathfinders & Scouts, April 15th, 2015

Generally clear skies with a few clouds greeted 31 visitors (19 children and 12 adults) from the 1st Ailsa Craig Guides, Pathfinders & Scouts for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 7:00 p.m.  Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions.  Tony followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet”, making a comet from dry ice and other materials on a table set up at the front of the lecture room.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Mostly clear skies greeted some 70 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 7:00 p.m.  Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe made the digital slide presentation “Mars” and fielded questions.  Graduate students Tony Martinez and Emily McCullough worked in the dome.  Western’s Physics and Astronomy Department computer resources person Henry Leparskas was also there.

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Exploring the Stars, Wilfrid Jury Public School, April 9th, 2015

Cloudy skies and misty weather greeted 10 visitors (including 5 Grade 7-8 students and 5 adults) from Wilfrid Jury Public School for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:00 p.m.  Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and fielded questions. Parshati followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet”, making a comet from dry ice and other materials on a table set up at the front of the lecture room.

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