Cloudy skies and damp weather greeted 18 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Professor Els Peeters made her digital slide presentation “Carbon and Our Cosmic Roots” before an audience of about 10 visitors (including 1 child). There were 4 visitors—a couple with 2 children—in the dome. More people arrived later in the evening, bringing the total to 18 visitors. Els made her presentation, which was about buckyballs in space, briefly a second time for another interested visitor. (Buckyballs are spherical molecules of 60 carbon atoms).
Mostly clear skies greeted an estimated 70 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Professor Stan Metchev began the first of 3 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Towards Finding Other Earths” before an audience of about 18 visitors (including 6 children). He made his presentation a second and third time for more arrivals. RASC London Centre member Bob Duff counted a total of 58 people in the lecture room and dome by 9:12 p.m. More people arrived bringing the estimated total to 70 for the evening.
RASC London Centre Past President and Public Outreach Coordinator Dave McCarter had already set up his 254mm Dobsonian telescope beside his car on the driveway beside the grassy baseball diamond of Heritage Park just north of Ilderton Public Library when Bob Duff arrived around 7:30 p.m. for the Ilderton Public Library Star Night, Friday, May 22nd, 2015. Dave was talking to a small group of some 15 people including a library staff member who counted 61 visitors (30 adults and 31 children) before she left towards the end of the evening. However, there were 4 more arrivals after she left, bringing the total visitor count to 65. If we include the library staff member the count is 66 people.
Generally clear hazy skies with some occasional clouds greeted 20 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 16th, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Professor Pauline Barmby made the first of 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation “The Pleiades” before an audience of about 8 visitors. She made her presentation a second time for a few more arrivals. There were a total of some 20 visitors for the evening.
Partly cloudy skies with dark clouds and rain showers moving in from the southwest greeted 14 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Professor Martin Houde made his digital slide presentation “Submillimetre Astronomy” before an audience of 11 people (8 adults and 3 children). There were 3 people counted in the dome bringing the evenings total to 14 visitors (10 adults and 4 children).