Exploring the Stars, Kirkton Guides, December 1st, 2015

Cloudy rainy skies greeted 33 visitors, including 19 children (17 girls and 2 boys) and 14 adults (including 2 leaders) and not including one infant, from the Kirkton Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Girl Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with 2 activities, including the “Constellations” and “Crater Experiment” activities, since rainy weather ruled out telescope observing. She distributed 25 “Star Finder” planispheres for the “Constellations” activity to all the children, 2 leaders and several parents, and showed them how to assemble and use them. For the “Crater Experiment” activity she invited the children to the table set up at the front of the lecture room and had them take turns dropping various size balls into a pan of flour topped with chocolate powder.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Clear skies greeted some 75 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe made 2 presentations of the digital slide presentation “Mercury and Venus” and fielded questions.

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Exploring the Stars, Laureate Epsilon Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International, November 26th, 2015

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 12 visitors from the Laureate Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions.

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Exploring the Stars, Private Group, November 25th, 2015

Partly cloudy skies greeted 9 visitors (8 adults and 1 child) of a private group for a birthday celebration with an evening of Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez presented the digital slide presentation “Big Bang” and fielded questions. Tony followed this with the activity “Constellations”, distributing 8 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing everybody how to assemble and use them.

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