Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Partly cloudy skies with some hazy clouds, later clearing, greeted some 130 or more visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 25th, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Professor Pauline Barmby made 3 presentations of her digital slide presentation “Space is Hard!” —which concerned the challenges of space exploration and failed missions. There were some 60 people for the first slide presentation, 31 for the second and 4 for the third slide presentation.

Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 25th, 2016”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Partly cloudy skies greeted some 130 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Sebastian Bruzzone made 4 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Direct Imaging: Discovering New Planetary Systems.” There were 52 people at the beginning of the first slide presentation with more people arriving to fill the lecture room.

Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 18th, 2016”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Partly cloudy skies, becoming mostly clear by 10:30 p.m., greeted some 130 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami was introduced by colleague Carol Jones and made 4 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Binary Stars: How a Partner Can Change Your Stellar Life.” The first 2 presentations were to full houses and the last 2 for much smaller groups.

Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 11th, 2016”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Cloudy skies with some light rain greeted 28 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 4th, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Earth Sciences graduate student Jeff Berger made his digital slide presentation “Exploring Mars with Curiosity” before 24 visitors (19 adults and 5 children). There were 4 later arrivals in the evening for a total of 28 visitors.

Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 4th, 2016”

Transit of Mercury at the Cronyn Observatory, May 9th, 2016

Clear skies, with some hazy clouds later, greeted some 400 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory for the Transit of Mercury, Monday, May 9th, 2016. Events and activities began at 7:00 a.m., with Mercury beginning its transit at 7:12 a.m. and ending at 2:42 p.m. EDT. School groups, including 165 children and 57 adults, arrived between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., with public viewing 7:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Continue reading “Transit of Mercury at the Cronyn Observatory, May 9th, 2016”