Mostly cloudy skies with some hazy clearing later in the evening greeted 41 visitors (21 children and 20 adults) from the 1st Salford Cubs for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe presented the digital slide presentation “Cub Scout Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Dilini followed this with the activity “Constellations” distributing 40 “Star Finder” planispheres to the group and helping everybody assemble them with transparent adhesive tape. She then showed them the slide “Reading a Star Finder”, followed by 3 constellations slides, to help them practice using the planispheres.
Clear hazy skies greeted 7 visitors from the English Conversation Program (ECP) for an evening of Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, November 16th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made a brief presentation of the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and then showed them stars and constellations with the software “Stellarium”. Tony followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet”, inviting the visitors to the table set up at the front of the lecture room where he made a comet from dry ice and other materials.
Partly cloudy skies greeted visitors to the second day of Western University’s Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory 75th Anniversary celebration, Sunday, October 25th, 2015, 2:00—5:00 p.m. The agenda included another re-enactment of the 1940 opening ceremony, followed by tours of the Observatory by Professor Jan Cami. There was solar observing through filtered telescopes on the Observatory’s roof patio outside the dome.
Cloudy, rainy skies, with some partial clearing later in the evening greeted visitors to Western University’s Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory 75th Anniversary celebration, Saturday, October 24th, 2015, 6:30—11:00 p.m.
There was a private ceremony for invited guests, 6:30—8:00 p.m. Professor Jan Cami was the MC with welcome remarks from Professor Bob Sica, the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, followed by Professor Pauline Barmby, Associate Dean of Science. Western University’s President Amit Chakma spoke and invited the stage party to unveil the 75th Anniversary plaque and stand for photos. This was followed by a reception, with opportunities for guests to visit other rooms, including the historic exhibit in the basement and the Observatory dome. The guests included current and emeritus faculty members and among the invited guests was Barry Colgrove, grandson of W. G. Colgrove, who arrived accompanied by his wife Marlene and 3 grown children, Sarah, Jeffrey and Laura Colgrove and bringing the 1942 Chant Medal for inspection.
Cloudy skies with possible rain showers greeted 8 children and 7 adults for a total of 15 visitors from the 67th London Brownies for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. She followed this with the activity “Crater Experiment”, inviting the children to a table at the front of the lecture room where she had set up a pan filled with flour topped with chocolate powder. After Kendra demonstrated how a crater was formed by dropping a ball into the pan, the children took turns dropping balls of various sizes and forming craters in the pan of flour topped with chocolate powder.