Exploring the Stars, Woodstock Girl Guides, March 27th, 2017

As Reported by Paul Kerans

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 26 visitors (14 children and 12 adults / leaders) from the Woodstock Girl Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, March 27th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” with the title slide “The Basics” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, Woodstock Girl Guides, March 27th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Cloudy skies with occasional rain showers greeted 18 visitors (12 adults and 6 children) to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 25th, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Robin Arnason presented his digital slide presentation “How I Helped Discover a Black Hole (and Lived to Tell the Tale!)”before an audience of 16 visitors and fielded questions. Two more people arrived later in the dome to bring the total to 18 visitors for the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 25th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board Grade 7 Enrichment Class, Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

As reported by Paul Kerans,

Cloudy skies greeted 41 visitors (20 children and 21 adults) from the London District Catholic School Board Grade 7 Enrichment Class for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “The Life and Times of Stars” and fielded questions. The visitors were then divided into 2 groups with the children going downstairs with Kendra into the “Black Room” for the“Transit Demonstration” activity and the adults upstairs for a tour of the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome. The 2 groups then traded places, with Kendra showing each group the “Transit Demo” model—demonstrating the transit detection method for finding extra-solar planets. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board Grade 7 Enrichment Class, Thursday, March 23rd, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, Private Group, March 22nd, 2017

Clear skies greeted 11 visitors (7 adults and 4 children) of a private family group for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Robin Arnason presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. Robin followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 9 “Star Finder” planispheres. He was assisted by RASC London Centre member Bob Duff in helping the visitors assemble the planispheres with adhesive tape. Robin showed the slide “Reading a Star Finder” followed by 2 slides of constellations for them to practice using the planispheres. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, Private Group, March 22nd, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 110th Byron Sparks, March 20th, 2017

Cloudy skies greeted 25 visitors (14 children and 11 adults / leaders) from the 110th Byron Sparks for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, March 20th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective” showing a slide displaying 4 different patterns of dots connected with lines and having the children correctly match them with those on 4 laminated sheets—having images of 4 different constellations—distributed to them. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 110th Byron Sparks, March 20th, 2017”