Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 206 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation The Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 and fielded questions.  Graduate student Sivayini Kandeepan was “crowd manager” and counted 130 visitors by 9:20 p.m. and 200 by 10:39 p.m. There were 6 more visitors, from RASC London Centre member Paul Kerans’ telescope outside, who accompanied London Centre member Bob Duff into the dome at 11:08 p.m. for a total count of 206 visitors. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 12th, 2017”

Ivey Summer Leadership Program, Special Event at the Cronyn Observatory, August 7th, 2017

A mostly clear sky greeted some 47 (40 students and 7 staff members) from the Ivey Summer Leadership Program, for a special event at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday August 7th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. The Ivey Summer Leadership Program is put on by the Ivey Business School at Western University and is an enrichment program for high school students going into grades 9—12. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Mars” and fielded questions. Viraja then introduced the activity “Telescope Kits” showing the students how to assemble a simple telescope from a small reusable kit. Everybody then divided into 10 groups of 4 students, with each group assembling and testing a small telescope. Continue reading “Ivey Summer Leadership Program, Special Event at the Cronyn Observatory, August 7th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 100 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 5th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Sarah Gallagher made 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation Tight Families: Compact Galaxy Groups and fielded questions. Graduate student Pranav Manangath was the “crowd manager” for the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 5th, 2017”

Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 2nd, 2017

A cloudy, later partly clearing hazy sky greeted 38 visitors (students and staff members) from the Summer Academic Writing Clinic for incoming first-year students, for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft made the digital slide presentation “Celestial Bear: The Six Nations’ Night Sky” and fielded questions. This was followed by the visitors dividing into groups for tours of the downstairs “Black Room” and observing in the dome. Continue reading “Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 2nd, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 104 or more visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, July 29th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft made 2 presentations of the digital slide presentation “New Horizons: A New Look at Pluto and fielded questions. RASC London member Bob Duff counted 57 visitors in the lecture room at 8:30 p.m., for the first slide presentation. More people arrived with some going into the lecture room and others going upstairs into the dome. Professor Robert Cockcroft counted 15 visitors for his second slide lecture. There were a total of 104 visitors counted midway through the evening, as people crowded into the dome and on to the observation deck. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 29th, 2017”