Exploring the Stars, 1st Lambeth Sparks, January 24th, 2017

Cloudy skies with damp, hazy weather greeted 22 visitors (11 children and 11 adults / leaders) from the 1st Lambeth Sparks for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations”and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the constellations activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective” which involved the children in matching 4 constellation sketches displayed in a PowerPoint slide with the 4 night sky images provided to them on a laminated sheet. This was followed by the children drawing their own constellations from a given pattern of stars on transparency sheets with magic markers.

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Exploring the Stars, 2nd Lambeth Sparks, January 19th, 2017

Cloudy skies with damp, hazy weather greeted 23 visitors (15 children and 8 adults / leaders) from the 2nd Lambeth Sparks for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, January 19th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the constellations activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective” which involved the children drawing their own constellations from a given pattern of stars on transparency sheets with magic markers. This activity also included the children matching 4 constellation sketches displayed in a PowerPoint slide with the 4 night sky images provided to them on a laminated sheet.

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Exploring the Stars, 1st Kerwood Scouts, January 17th, 2017

Cloudy skies with rainy weather greeted 8 visitors (4 children and 4 adults / leaders) from the 1st Kerwood Scouts for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, 6:00 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Kendra Kellogg and Viraja Khatu. Kendra presented the digital slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and fielded questions. Kendra and Viraja followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits” with the Scouts assembling and testing simple telescopes from small reusable kits.

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Exploring the Stars, Private Group, January 12th, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies greeted a private group of 24 visitors (18 children and 6 adults) for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, on Thursday, January 12th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Kendra Kellogg and Viraja Khatu. Kendra presented the slide presentation “The Earth Moon System” and fielded questions. Kendra and Viraja followed this with the “Star Finder” planispheres activity, distributing 16 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing the children how to assemble and use them. (There were only 16 planispheres distributed by Kendra since a lady visitor brought 2 additional planispheres from a previous event.)

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, January 9th, 2017

Hazy cloudy skies greeted 19 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, January 9th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Since there was no slide presentation, visitors simply went upstairs into the dome where they were greeted by graduate student Robin Arnason and RASC London Centre members Everett Clark and Bob Duff.

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