Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, January 25th, 2016

Mostly cloudy skies and damp weather greeted some 24 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, January 25th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate student Kendra Kellogg and, since there was no slide presentation that evening, were directed upstairs into the dome.

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Exploring the Stars, 97th Scouts of London, January 21st, 2016

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 15 visitors (8 children and 7 adults / leaders) from the 97th Scouts of London for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented the digital slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and fielded questions. Shannon followed this with the activity “Transit Demo”, and invited the Scouts to the table at the front of the room where she had set up the “Transit Demo” model of an extra-solar planetary system on a turntable with an electrically lighted “sun” in the middle. A photodiode was clamped to a laboratory stand and linked to a laptop computer, which displayed the dipping light curve as the model planet revolved around and in front of the lighted model sun. The lecture room was darkened with the lights turned off for this very impressive demonstration of how the transit detection method worked for finding extra-solar planets.

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Exploring the Stars, 97th Cub Scouts of London, January 19th, 2016

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 34 visitors (21 children and 13 adults / leaders) from the 97th Cub Scouts of London for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “The Cub Scout Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits”, with the Cubs assembling 18 simple telescopes from small reusable kits. RASC London Centre member Paul Kerans brought 2 iron / nickel meteorites, which he showed to some of the visitors.

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Exploring the Stars, London Waldorf School, Grade 6, January 18th, 2016

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 28 visitors (14 children and 14 adults) from the London Waldorf School, Grade 6 class, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, January 18th, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe presented the digital slide presentation “The Earth & Moon” and fielded questions. Dilini followed this with the activity “Constellations”, distributing 19 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing the visitors how to assemble them with transparent adhesive tape. She then showed the visitors the slide “Reading a Star Finder”, followed by several constellations slides to help them learn how to use the planispheres. RASC London Centre member Paul Kerans also made a presentation on meteorites, showing the visitors 2 iron / nickel meteorites along with samples of Mars and Moon rocks in small display cases for their inspection.

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Exploring the Stars, 1st Dutton Brownies and Guides, January 14th, 2016

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 15 visitors (10 children and 5 adults / leaders) from the 1st Dutton Brownies and Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Laura Lenkic presented the digital slide presentation “The Girl Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Laura followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits”, with the children assembling simple telescopes from small reusable kits.

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