Exploring the Stars, Private Group, February 10th, 2016

Cloudy, later partly clearing skies, greeted 7 adult visitors of a private group (celebrating a birthday party) for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented the digital slide presentation “Extra Solar Planets” and fielded questions. Shannon followed this with the activity “Transit Demo”, using the “Transit Demo” model of an extra-solar planetary system. RASC London Centre member Paul Kerans also gave a talk on the meteorites he had brought with him, including an iron meteorite and a stony-iron meteorite, as well as samples of Moon and Mars meteorites in small display cases.

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Exploring the Stars, 57th Brownies, February 9th, 2016

Cloudy skies and occasional snow flurries greeted 17 visitors (12 children and 5 adults, including 2 leaders) from the 57th Brownies for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits”, showing just a single slide on how a telescope worked, with the Brownies assembling 12 simple telescopes from small reusable kits.

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Exploring the Stars, Masonville 77th, Beaver Scouts, February 3rd, 2016

Mostly clear sky with occasional cloudy periods greeted 32 visitors (19 children and 13 adults / leaders) from the Masonville 77th Beaver Scouts for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “The Scout Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Shannon followed this with the activity “Crater Experiment”, inviting the children to the table she had set up at the front of the room where she had placed a pan filled with flour and chocolate powder. She demonstrated how meteor craters were formed on the Moon by dropping various size balls into the pan and then invited the children to line up in front of the table and take turns dropping balls into the pan to make their own meteor craters.

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Exploring the Stars, London 66th, Beaver Scout Group, February 2nd, 2016

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 19 visitors (9 children and 10 adults / leaders) from the London 66th Beaver Scout Group for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Constellations,” distributing 19 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing the visitors how to assemble and use them with transparent adhesive tape. She then showed the visitors the slide “Reading a Star Finder” followed by several constellations slides from the astronomy software program “Stellarium” to help them learn how to use the planispheres.

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Exploring the Stars, 36th London Guides, January 27th, 2016

Cloudy skies greeted 28 visitors (22 children and 6 adults / leaders) from the 36th London Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, 7:00 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 Guides assembling 14 simple telescopes from small reusable kits. Laura used one telescope for demonstration and the girls tested their newly assembled telescopes by viewing a slide of a snowman projected on the screen.

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