Exploring the Stars, Little Astronomers, October 15th, 2015

Cloudy skies greeted 10 visitors, including 6 children (ages 6—10) and 4 adults, from the group Little Astronomers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. He followed this with the activity “Crater Experiment” in which craters impacts were simulated by dropping objects into a pan of flour topped with cocoa powder.

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Exploring the Stars, Science Students’ Council—Wellness Wednesday Rewind, October 14th, 2015

Clear skies greeted 6 visitors from Western University Science Students’ Council for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “Extra Solar Planets” and followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 6 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing the visitors how to assemble and use them.

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Exploring the Stars, 60th London Girl Guides, October 13th, 2015

Cloudy skies greeted 11 girls and 2 leaders from the 60th London Girl Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 6:30 p.m.  They were joined by a parent around 7:40 p.m., bringing the total 14 visitors (11 children and 3 adults).  Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe made the digital slide presentation “Girl Guide Astronomy Badge”, beginning 6:35 p.m. and lasting 45 minutes with many questions from the girls.  This was followed by the activity “Telescope Kits”, with the girls assembling small reusable telescopes from kits and focusing them on a slide presented by Dilini along with another slide showing how a refractor telescope worked.

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Total Lunar Eclipse at Cronyn Observatory, Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Partly cloudy skies greeted visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory for the Total Lunar Eclipse, coincident with the Supermoon, Sunday, September 27th, 2015. This was also Western University’s Homecoming weekend, September 25th—27th, 2015.

There was solar observing from around 3:00 p.m. in Western University’s Alumni/ Thompson Parking Lot, on the wide brick-paved sidewalk on the south side of the Cronyn Observatory. Among RASC London Centre members present were Dale Armstrong, with his 80mm Vernonscope refractor and glass solar filter; Mike Costa, with his iOptron Solar 60 refractor; and Peter Jedicke, who set up the Sunspotter (provided by Fanshawe College). Steve Gauthier was also there and Peter estimated that there were some 75 people for solar observing in the afternoon.

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Homecoming Weekend at Cronyn Observatory, Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Partly cloudy hazy skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory for solar observing in the afternoon and evening stargazing, Saturday, September 26th, 2015, 3:00—11:00 p.m. This was in celebrations of Western University’s Homecoming weekend, September 25th—27th, 2015.

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