Exploring the Stars, Dorchester Brownies & Sparks, March 7th, 2016

Mostly clear skies greeted 51 visitors (25 children and 26 adults / leaders) from the Dorchester Brownies and Sparks for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, March 7th, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Girl Guide Astronomy Badge” (title slide “The Basics”) and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the “Constellations Activity”, distributing 25 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing the visitors how to assemble them. 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, 1st Lambeth Girl Guides, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Cloudy skies greeted 18 visitors (12 children and 6 adults / leaders) from the 1st Lambeth Girl Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe presented the digital slide presentation “Girl Guide 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, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Cloudy skies with some occasional light snow flurries greeted 5 visitors (4 students and one teacher) from the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School Grade-9 class for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg made 2 digital slide presentations, beginning with the presentation “Mars” and followed by the presentation “Telescopes.” Kendra fielded questions after the presentations.

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Exploring the Stars, Space Society of London, February 29th, 2016

Cloudy, later partly clearing skies greeted 10 visitors from the Space Society of London—including the Society’s President, undergraduate student Ian Mulholland—for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, February 29th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented the digital slide presentation “Big Bang” and fielded questions.

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Exploring the Stars, Ingersoll Calvinist Cadet Corp, February 25th, 2016

Cloudy skies and cold weather greeted 14 visitors (10 children and 4 adults) from the Ingersoll Calvinist Cadet Corp for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Laura Lenkic presented the Exploring the Stars digital slide presentation “The Basics” and fielded questions. Laura followed this with the “Constellations Activity”, distributing 14 “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 from the astronomy software program “Stellarium” to help them learn how to use the planispheres.

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