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

Cloudy skies with some light rain greeted 50 or more visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. The visitors were then invited to go upstairs into the dome or downstairs into the “Black Room,” for demonstrations of the “Transit Demo” and “Spectroscopy Demo,” and tours of the “Period Rooms.”
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Exploring the Stars, Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, November 21st, 2017

A cloudy sky with rain greeted 59 visitors (42 children and 17 adults) from the Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts (Grade 6), for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 7:00 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Jeff Vankerkhove and Daniel Hatfield. Jeff presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. He followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials on a table at the front of the lecture room.
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Exploring the Stars, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, November 22nd, 2017

Cloudy skies greeted 7 visitors (including 6 students and one teacher) from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, 6:00 p.m. (The 6 students included 3 in Grade-9 and 3 in Grade-10.) Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits,” showing several slides from the slide presentation “Telescopes,” and distributing simple telescopes, already assembled from the small reusable kits, for the students examine and answer question.
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Western Faculty of Science Discovery Week 2017, Cronyn Observatory, November 20th, 2017

A clear sky greeted some 60 visitors from the Western Faculty of Science Discovery Week 2017, for a Special Event at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, November 20th, 2017, 8:15—10:15 p.m. (This was following the earlier Exploring the Stars event for the group HIGH Day North, scheduled, 6:00—8:00 p.m.) They were welcomed by graduate student Amanda DeSouza who invited them to simply circulate upstairs into the dome and downstairs into the “Black Room” and “1940s Period Room.”
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Exploring the Stars, HIGH Day North, November 20th, 2017

A clear sky greeted 61 visitors (37 children and 24 adults) from the homeschool group, HIGH Day North, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, November 20th, 2017, 6:00 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Amanda DeSouza and Daniel Hatfield. Amanda presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. The visitors were then divided into 2 groups, with one group going upstairs for observing in the dome with RASC London Centre members Everett Clark, later joined by Bob Duff, and the other downstairs into the “Black Room” for demonstrations of the “Transit Demo” and “Spectroscopy Demo.” The 2 groups then traded places between the dome and the downstairs “Black Room.”
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