Exploring the Stars, Talbot Street Church GEMS, February 22nd, 2018

A partly cloudy sky greeted 31 visitors (25 children and 6 adults) from the Talbot Street Church GEMS for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 7:10—8:45 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits,” showing several slides about telescopes and having the children assemble and test simple telescopes from small reusable kits.
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Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board Enrichment Opportunities Program, Grade 7, February 21st, 2018

Cloudy skies and rainy weather greeted 22 visitors (20 students and 2 teachers) from the London District Catholic School Board Enrichment Opportunities Program, Grade 7, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 12:30—2:30 p.m. PhD graduate and Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) Outreach Program Coordinator Parshati Patel, brought them over around noon to have lunch after a morning of activities with CPSX. They were greeted by graduate students Jeff Vankerkhove and Viraja Khatu. Jeff presented the digital slide presentation “Our Star – The Sun” and fielded questions. Jeff and Viraja then introduced the activity “Telescope Kits,” with the students assembling and testing the telescopes from small reusable kits. This was followed by the students dividing into 2 groups, who alternated between tours of the upstairs dome and the downstairs “Black Room.”
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, February 12th, 2018

A clear sky with some hazy clouds greeted some 50—60 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, February 12th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu and Professor Jan Cami were there early to greet a video team from Rogers TV, who arrived around 6:30 p.m. RASC London Centre members Everett Clark, Henry Leparskas and Mark Tovey were also there around 6:00 p.m., joined shortly thereafter by Bob Duff, and later in the evening, Edith Tovey. Since there was no slide presentation, visitors simply went upstairs into the dome and downstairs for demonstrations in the “Black Room” and tours of the “Period Rooms.” Viraja was interviewed by the Rogers TV team (cameraman and lady interviewer) in the lecture room and Bob was later interviewed by 2 journalism students.
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Exploring the Stars, 2nd Lambeth Girl Guides and 1st Lambeth Pathfinders and Rangers, February 6th, 2018

A partly cloudy, hazy sky and cold weather greeted 25 visitors (including children and adults / leaders) from the 2nd Lambeth Girl Guides and 1st Lambeth Pathfinders and Rangers, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Amanda then took the group downstairs into the “Black Room” for the “Spectroscopy Demo,” with the visitors putting on the diffraction grating glasses to view the spectra of 4 gas discharge lamps set out on the table, including: hydrogen, helium, neon and mercury.
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Exploring the Stars, King’s University College Foundations and King’s Scholar Programs, January 31st, 2018

A cloudy, later clearing, slightly hazy sky greeted 25 visitors (students and a faculty member) from the King’s University College Foundations and King’s Scholar programs, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza presented the digital slide presentation “The Earth Moon System” and fielded questions. The visitors then divided into 2 groups with Amanda taking one group downstairs into the “Black Room” for the “Transit Demonstration” activity and the “Spectroscopy Demo.” The other group went with RASC London Centre member Bob Duff upstairs into the dome. The 2 groups later exchanged places between the “Black Room” and the dome.
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