Star Night, Matthews Hall School, Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Clear skies greeted some 60 or more enthusiastic children and parents for the Star Night at Matthews Hall School in London, Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 8:00 p.m. The Star Night involved the whole school from JK to Grade-8 and outdoor lighting was turned off for better viewing through telescopes.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Cloudy with snow flurries and later clearing skies greeted visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, April 9th, 2016, 8:00 p.m.  Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe presented the digital slide presentation “The Kuiper Belt” before an audience of some 36 people and fielded questions.  Other people arrived during the course of the evening for an estimated total of some 46 visitors, including 2 people who had to be turned away after the observatory closed—hopefully to return another time!

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Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board, Grade-7 Enrichment Program, April 6th, 2016

Cloudy skies and rain greeted students from the London District Catholic School Board, Grade-7 Enrichment Program, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 7:00 p.m.  There were 37 visitors in all, including some 21 Grade-7 students and possibly other siblings, one teacher, 14 parents and one small child.

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Exploring the Stars, 2nd Lambeth Girl Guides, April 5th, 2016

Clear skies with a few clouds greeted 17 visitors (12 children and 5 adults / leaders) from the 2nd Lambeth Girl Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 6:00 p.m.  Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe presented the digital slide presentation “The 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, 1st Seaforth Cubs and Scouts, April 4th, 2016

Clear skies greeted 31 visitors (16 children and 15 adults / leaders) from the 1st Seaforth Cubs and Scouts for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, April 4th, 2016, 7:00 p.m.  Graduate student Kendra Kellogg made the digital slide presentation “Scouts and Cubs Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions.  Kendra followed this with the activity “Crater Experiment,” demonstrating how meteor craters are formed by dropping various size balls into a pan placed on the floor and filled with flour topped with chocolate powder.  She invited the children to take turns making their own meteor craters by dropping balls into the pan of flour topped with chocolate powder.

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