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”

Partial Solar Eclipse in London Ontario Monday August 21

The partial eclipse begins on the right side of the Sun’s disk just after lunch, at 13:07. Soon after this you will notice the black bite out of the Sun. Maximum eclipse occurs at 14:30, when 75% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon’s disk. The Sun will be back to normal by 16:10 as the Moon moves off the left side of the Sun’s disk.

The RASC London Centre will support the event at the campus of Western University if you would like to have a fun and safe chance to view the partial solar eclipse. Continue reading “Partial Solar Eclipse in London Ontario Monday August 21”

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”