Exploring the Stars, 1st St. Thomas Brownies, March 24th, 2016

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 38 visitors (17 children and 21 adults) from the 1st St. Thomas Brownies for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, March 24th, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe made the digital slide presentation “Cub Scout Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Dilini followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits”, with the children assembling simple telescopes from small reusable kits.

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Exploring the Stars, Best Buddies at King’s, March 22nd, 2016

Cloudy skies with occasional rain greeted 16 visitors from Best Buddies at King’s College for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and followed this with the “Constellations Activity”, distributing 16 “Star Finder” planispheres. 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, 10th London Sparks & Brownies, March 21st, 2016

Clear skies greeted 29 visitors (14 children and 15 adults) from the 10th London Sparks and Brownies for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, March 21st, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg made the digital slide presentation “Sparks and Brownies Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet”, making a comet from dry ice and other materials on a table set up at the front of the lecture room.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Hazy, cloudy skies greeted some 100 or more visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 12th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented her digital slide presentation “Our Connection to the Cosmos” twice, with people coming downstairs from the dome for the second presentation (8:00 p.m.), which had 37 visitors in attendance. Undergraduate student William Hyland greeted and supervised visitors at the entrance of the Cronyn Observatory. RASC London Centre member Peter Jedicke reported 88 visitors in total (dome and lecture room) around 8:08 p.m. and, with more people arriving, there was an estimated 100 or more visitors by the end of the evening.

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Exploring the Stars, Exeter Christian Reformed Church Cadets and GEMS Clubs, March 9th, 2016

Hazy, cloudy skies greeted 38 visitors (27 children and 11 adults) from the Exeter Christian Reformed Church Cadets and GEMS Clubs for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Laura Lenkic presented the digital slide presentation for the “Girl Guide Astronomy Badge” (title slide “The Basics”) and fielded questions. Laura followed this with the “Constellations Activity”, distributing 38 “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 one constellations slide from the astronomy software program “Stellarium” to help them learn how to use the planispheres.

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