Boys & Girls Club of London, Solar Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 28th, 2017

Partly cloudy skies with hazy clouds greeted 32 visitors (28 children and 4 staff members) from the Boys & Girls Club of London for solar observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Friday, July 28th, 2017, 11:00 a.m. They were welcomed by graduate student Dilini Subasinghe who brought them downstairs into the “Black Room,” where she showed them the “Transit Demo” model—demonstrating the transit detection method for finding extra-solar planets—and the “Spectroscopy Demo,” inviting the visitors to put on diffraction grating glasses and view the spectra of 4 gas discharge lamps set up on the table, including: hydrogen, helium, neon and mercury. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club of London, Solar Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 28th, 2017”

Indigenous Services Mini-University, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 24th, 2017

Cloudy skies and hazy damp weather greeted 25 visitors from the Indigenous Services Mini-University for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, July 24th, 2017, 9:00 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft presented the digital slide presentation “Water in the Universe” and fielded questions. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza was telescope operator for the evening and took everybody upstairs into the dome after the slide presentation. Continue reading “Indigenous Services Mini-University, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 24th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Cloudy skies with occasional light rain greeted some 23 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Geophysics and Planetary Science graduate student Alyssa Werynski presented her digital slide presentation “A Tour of the Solar System” and fielded questions. Undergraduate student Sunny Xiyang was “crowd manager,” welcoming and counting 23 visitors by the end of the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 22nd, 2017”

Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 19th, 2017

Clear skies greeted 62 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, July 19th, 2017, 8:30—11:00 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft made the digital slide presentation “Celestial Bear: The Six Nations’ Night Sky.” This was followed by the visitors dividing into groups for tours of the downstairs “Black Room” and “Period Rooms” and observing in the dome. Continue reading “Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 19th, 2017”

SHAD: Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 18th, 2017

Mostly clear skies with a few clouds greeted 77 visitors (including 67 students and 10 staff members) from the SHAD program, for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. They were welcomed by Professor Jan Cami and graduate students Viraja Khatu and Amanda DeSouza. The SHAD program is for highly gifted high school students from across Canada. Continue reading “SHAD: Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 18th, 2017”