Asteroid Day at the Cronyn Observatory, June 30th, 2018

Hazy skies greeted 37 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory for Asteroid Day, Saturday, June 30th, 2018, 6:00—8:00 p.m. This special event was hosted by Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Earth Sciences. Asteroid Day is held each year on the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska impact event in Siberia—the largest in recent history—and is a global awareness campaign bringing people around the world together to learn about asteroids and how to protect future generations from cosmic impacts. The event organizer was Western University doctoral graduate in astronomy, Parshati Patel, who is Outreach Program Coordinator for Western’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Partly clear, later cloudy skies greeted 46 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Mark Froncisz presented his digital slide presentation “Exploring the Outer Planets” and fielded questions. RASC London member Bob Duff counted 18 visitors in the lecture room at 8:30 p.m. and 37 by the end of the slide presentation. More visitors arrived and graduate student Meet Panchal, who was telescope operator for the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome, counted 46 visitors by the end of the evening.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Mostly clear skies with some hazy clouds greeted some 47 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 16th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Keegan Marr made 2 presentations of the digital slide presentation “Star Formation” and fielded questions. RASC London member Bob Duff counted 35 people in the first lecture, 8 in the dome and one in the “1940s Period Room” around 8:57 p.m. There were 12 people in the second slide lecture and, since some people were in the dome during the first slide presentation, the estimated total is 47 visitors for the evening.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Cloudy skies with light rain (drizzle) later in the evening greeted 28 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Ben George presented the digital slide presentation “Brown Dwarfs and Their Potential for Finding Exoplanets” and fielded questions. Graduate student Megan Tannock was initially at the door doing “crowd control” and counted 26 visitors during the slide presentation, with 2 more arriving during the questions after the presentation. Since there were few visitors, Megan went downstairs into the “Black Room,after 30 minutes of opening, to do the “Transit Demonstration” and “Spectroscopy Demonstration.” In all there were 28 visitors, including 2 who showed up after the slide presentation.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Cloudy, later mostly clearing skies greeted 54 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Professor Stan Metchev made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “How NASA’s New Space Telescopes Could Soon Detect Extrasolar Life” and fielded questions. Graduate student Ameek Sidhu greeted visitors. She counted 30 visitors for the first slide presentation by 8:54 p.m. There were 11 visitors for the second slide presentation. Ameek counted 53 visitors by 10:27 p.m., with one more late arrival on the observation deck bringing the total to 54 visitors for the evening.
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