Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Cloudy skies with occasional light rain greeted some 42 visitors to the Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 27th, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Professor Sarah Gallagher made her digital slide presentation “The Wonderful Thing about Transits” and fielded questions. Graduate student Viraja Khatu greeted and directed visitors. There were 38 visitors for the slide presentation and with 4 more arrivals who did not attend the presentation the total was 42 visitors for the evening.

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Star Night, Girl Guides at Camp Orenda, Friday, August 19th, 2016

as Reported by Heather MacIsaac

It was a great evening for the 19 Girl Guides and 3 leaders of the 1st Wyoming Guides on the Soames site at Camp Orenda, Friday, August 19th, 2016, 8:30 p.m. RASC London Centre member Heather MacIsaac was the event organizer, bringing her 90mm Celestron Go-To Maksutov telescope. She was joined by RASC London Centre Public Outreach Coordinator Dave McCarter, with his 25.4cm Dobsonian; Steve Imrie, with his Orion SkyQuest 8-inch (20.3cm) Dobsonian; and Everett Clark, with the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian.

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Western Sports Space Camp: Solar Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 22nd, 2016

Mostly clear skies with some clouds greeted 14 visitors, including 12 children (ages 8—13) and 2 adult / leaders, from the Western Sports Space Camp, who arrived for solar observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, August 22nd, 2016, 11:15 a.m. (This was shortly after the children from the Boys & Girls Club of London Art Camp had finished their solar observing session and departed from the observatory.)

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Art Camp: Solar Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 22nd, 2016

Mostly clear skies with some clouds greeted 31 visitors, including 26 children (ages 6—10) and 5 adults / leaders from the Boys & Girls Club of London Art Camp, for solar observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, August 22nd, 2016, 10:00 a.m. They were welcomed by Professor Jan Cami who presented the digital slide presentation “Astronomy at Western” and fielded questions. The children were then divided into 2 groups, with one group going upstairs into the dome and the other downstairs for the “Transit Demo” in the “Black Room.”

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Cloudy skies with some rain showers greeted 53 visitors to the Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 20th, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Mattia Galiazzo made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Cosmic Smashing Pumpkins in the Solar System” and fielded questions. Professor Jan Cami counted 40 people for the first slide presentation and 13 for the second for a total of 53 visitors.

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