Exploring the Stars, 110th Byron Sparks, March 20th, 2017

Cloudy skies greeted 25 visitors (14 children and 11 adults / leaders) from the 110th Byron Sparks for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, March 20th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective” showing a slide displaying 4 different patterns of dots connected with lines and having the children correctly match them with those on 4 laminated sheets—having images of 4 different constellations—distributed to them. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 110th Byron Sparks, March 20th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, Ilderton Girl Guides and Pathfinders, March 9th, 2017

Partly cloudy skies and cold weather greeted 26 visitors (18 children and 8 adults / leaders) from the Ilderton Girl Guides and Pathfinders, Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Kendra Kellogg and Viraja Khatu. Kendra presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” 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, Ilderton Girl Guides and Pathfinders, March 9th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, Thamesford 4-H Club, March 7th, 2017

Partly cloudy, later cloudy skies greeted 22 visitors (15 children and 7 adults / leaders) from the Thamesford 4-H Club, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” 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, Thamesford 4-H Club, March 7th, 2017”

Western University’s Department of Visual Arts, Cronyn Observatory Tours, March 2nd, 2017

The Apollo 11 landing on the Moon in 1969 and subsequent Apollo missions left various artifacts—ranging from flags and equipment to footprints by astronauts—on the lunar surface. NASA and some historical preservationists have called for declaring the Moon a World Heritage Site. Western University’s Department of Visual Arts explored this question with its exhibition “Protectorate 1: A Darker Side of the Moon” March 2nd—16th, 2017, held in the Artlab Gallery, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, with the opening reception, Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 5:00—7:00 p.m. The opening reception included tours of Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, 6:15—8:00 p.m. Continue reading “Western University’s Department of Visual Arts, Cronyn Observatory Tours, March 2nd, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 120th, London Brownies, February 28th, 2017

Cloudy skies greeted 22 visitors (15 children and 7 adults / leaders) from the 120th London Brownies for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits” with the Brownies assembling and testing simple telescopes from small reusable kits. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 120th, London Brownies, February 28th, 2017”