Exploring the Stars, Chris’ Discipleship Group, April 12th, 2017

Clear, slightly hazy skies greeted 9 visitors from Chris’ Discipleship Group for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “The Life and Times of Stars” and invited questions. Jeff then took the group downstairs into the “Black Room” where he did the“Transit Demonstration” activity, showing them the “Transit Demo” model—demonstrating the transit detection method for finding extra-solar planets. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, Chris’ Discipleship Group, April 12th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 81st London Venturing Crew, April 11th, 2017

As Reported by Paul Kerans

Cloudy skies greeted 6 students (16—18 years of age) from the 81st London Venturing Crew for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “The Life and Times of Stars” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 81st London Venturing Crew, April 11th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, April 10th, 2017

Cloudy skies with rain and lightning, followed by hazy clouds, greeted 40 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, April 10th, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Since there was no slide presentation, graduate student Viraja Khatu greeted visitors and directed them upstairs into the dome. Viraja and RASC London member Bob Duff (who was upstairs in the dome) counted visitors. Viraja later joined everybody in the dome with a count of 40 visitors by the end of the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, April 10th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, April 6th, 2017

Cloudy skies with rain, later changing to wet snow, greeted 11 visitors (including 9 students, one teacher and one parent) from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School Grade-10 Science class, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented 2 digital slide presentations, including “Black Holes” followed by “Telescopes” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity“Telescope Kits” showing the slide “Telescope Activity” and distributing simple telescopes, already assembled from the small reusable kits, for the students examine and answer question. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, April 6th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 4th London Cubs, April 5th, 2017

Cloudy skies with some light rain greeted 18 visitors (12 children and 6 adults / leaders) from the 4th London Cubs for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” with the title slide “The Basics” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 4th London Cubs, April 5th, 2017”