Exploring the Stars, Space Invaders, Friday, May 11th, 2018

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 20 visitors of the group Space Invaders, including 11 adults and 9 children (ages 6—14), for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Friday, May 11th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System,” and fielded questions.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Partly cloudy skies greeted visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 5th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate student Hadi Papei, who was in charge of “crowd control” and counted 36 visitors for the evening. Earth Sciences graduate student Arya Bina made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “The Periglacial Landscape of Mars: a Climate History from an Earth Spectacle” and fielded questions. Professors Jan Cami and Els Peeters were also there and did demonstrations of the “Transit Demo” and “Spectroscopy Demo” in the “Black Room.”
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Exploring the Stars, London 68th Beavers, May 2nd, 2018

Partly cloudy skies with hazy clouds greeted 24 visitors (17 children and 7 adults) from the London 68th Beavers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, 6:15 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge,” with the title slide “The Basics,” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the “Crater Experiment” activity, placing a pan filled with flour on the floor, into which was dropped various size balls to demonstrate impact cratering.
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Exploring the Stars, Good Neighbours, Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Cloudy skies greeted 11 visitors (5 adults and 6 children) from the group Good Neighbours, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits,” with the visitors assembling and testing the telescopes from small reusable kits. This was followed by a tour of the dome and demonstrations of the “Spectroscopy Demo” and “Transit Demo” in the downstairs “Black Room” and a tour of the “1940s Period Room.”
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Cronyn Observatory Special Event, Little Astronauts’ Space Expedition, Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Cloudy skies and windy weather greeted a group of Western University Alumni and their children, which included 67 visitors (about 40 children and 27 adults), for the Special Event, Little Astronauts’ Space Expedition, Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 1:00—3:00 p.m. Welcoming them and conducting the event were graduate students Viraja Khatu and Dan Hatfield; PhD graduate and Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) Outreach Program Coordinator Parshati Patel; and Professor Jan Cami. RASC London Centre was represented by Henry Leparskas and Bob Duff.
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