Early Outreach Conference at Cronyn Observatory, Friday, May 5th, 2017

Cloudy skies with rain greeted more than 200 Grade-8 students with adult leaders from the Early Outreach Conference for a tour of Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Friday, May 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m. The Early Outreach Conference (REACH) is an annual University Student Council (USC) week-end long conference introducing low-income youth to post-secondary educational opportunities. Continue reading “Early Outreach Conference at Cronyn Observatory, Friday, May 5th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 80th, London Scouts / Venturers, Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Clear skies greeted 9 visitors (7 children and 2 adults / leaders) from the 80th London Scouts / Venturers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Black Holes” and fielded questions. Viraja then introduced the “Crater Experiment” activity, which involved dropping various size balls into a pan—placed on the floor—filled with flour and topped with chocolate powder to demonstrate impact cratering. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 80th, London Scouts / Venturers, Wednesday, April 26th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 10th London Guides & Pathfinders, Monday, April 24th, 2017

Clear, somewhat hazy skies greeted 9 visitors (5 children and 4 adults / leaders) from the 10th London Guides & Pathfinders for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, April 24th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” 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, 10th London Guides & Pathfinders, Monday, April 24th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, Circles, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Clear skies greeted 20 visitors (11 children and 9 adults) from Circles for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with a planispheres activity, distributing 20 “Star Finder” planispheres and helping assemble them with adhesive tape and showing everybody how to use them. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, Circles, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017”