Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, April 10th, 2017

Cloudy skies with rain and lightning, followed by hazy clouds, greeted 40 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, April 10th, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Since there was no slide presentation, graduate student Viraja Khatu greeted visitors and directed them upstairs into the dome. Viraja and RASC London member Bob Duff (who was upstairs in the dome) counted visitors. Viraja later joined everybody in the dome with a count of 40 visitors by the end of the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, April 10th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Cloudy skies with occasional rain showers greeted 18 visitors (12 adults and 6 children) to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 25th, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Robin Arnason presented his digital slide presentation “How I Helped Discover a Black Hole (and Lived to Tell the Tale!)”before an audience of 16 visitors and fielded questions. Two more people arrived later in the dome to bring the total to 18 visitors for the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 25th, 2017”

Western University’s Department of Visual Arts, Cronyn Observatory Tours, March 2nd, 2017

The Apollo 11 landing on the Moon in 1969 and subsequent Apollo missions left various artifacts—ranging from flags and equipment to footprints by astronauts—on the lunar surface. NASA and some historical preservationists have called for declaring the Moon a World Heritage Site. Western University’s Department of Visual Arts explored this question with its exhibition “Protectorate 1: A Darker Side of the Moon” March 2nd—16th, 2017, held in the Artlab Gallery, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, with the opening reception, Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 5:00—7:00 p.m. The opening reception included tours of Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, 6:15—8:00 p.m. Continue reading “Western University’s Department of Visual Arts, Cronyn Observatory Tours, March 2nd, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Cloudy skies with some light snow greeted 42 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented her digital slide presentation “Our Home Galaxy: The Milky Way” before an audience of 35 visitors (including some 12 children) and fielded questions. There were 2 other visitors who went directly upstairs into the dome. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg directed 5 more visitors, who arrived after the slide lecture, directly upstairs into the dome which remained closed due to weather conditions. This brought the total to 42 visitors for the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, February 25th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, February 13th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 30 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, February 13th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Since there was no slide presentation, visitors simply went upstairs into the dome where they were greeted by graduate students Robin Arnason and Kendra Kellogg and RASC London Centre members Everett Clark, Paul Kerans and Bob Duff. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, February 13th, 2017”