Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, January 27th, 2018

A partly cloudy, later clearing sky greeted an estimated 80 visitors to the Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, January 27th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Why can’t I see any stars tonight?! A look at Earth’s atmosphere and UWO’s role in trying to understand it.” There were 42 visitors in the lecture room for Jeff’s first slide presentation and 28 in the dome or just arriving, as counted by RASC London Centre member Bob Duff at 7:30 p.m. There were just 5 people for Jeff’s second presentation. In all, there were an estimated 80 visitors for the evening.
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Exploring the Stars, 67th London Spark Unit, January 23rd, 2018

A cloudy sky with a light drizzle or rain greeted 20 visitors (10 children and 10 adults / leaders) from the 67th London Spark Unit for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions.
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Exploring the Stars, London 88th Guide Unit, January 22nd, 2018

A cloudy sky with rain greeted 26 visitors (21 children and 5 adults) from the London 88th Guide Unit for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Daniel Hatfield presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Dan followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials.
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Exploring the Stars, London Stargazers, January 16th, 2018

A cloudy sky with some light snow greeted 5 visitors from the London Stargazers, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Galaxies” and fielded questions. The visitors were then invited downstairs into the “Black Room,” where Viraja did the “Transit Demonstration” activity, showing them the “Transit Demo” model—demonstrating the transit detection method for finding extra-solar planets.
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Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, January 15th, 2018

A cloudy sky with some light snow greeted 11 visitors (including 3 children) to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, January 15th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Since there was no slide presentation, graduate student Amanda DeSouza greeted visitors and directed them upstairs into the dome. She showed one group the “Spectroscopy Demo,” downstairs in the “Black Room.” Amanda counted 11 visitors for the evening.
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