Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Clear skies with some hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 30th, beginning 8:30 p.m. Peter Jedicke gave an introductory talk about Hume Cronyn the history of the Observatory. Dr. Martin Houde made his digital slide presentation on, “Submillimetre Astronomy.” This was followed at 9:30 p.m. by a live Webcast of the Helen Sawyer Hogg Lecture at the RASC GA in Edmonton, featuring Dr. Jocelyn Bell, who as a graduate student at Cambridge University, England, was a key figure in the discovery of the first pulsars in 1967. About 20 visitors enjoyed Jocelyn Bell’s presentation, “Does the World End in 2012? Astronomical Evidence.” (Dave and Angela Clark were at the GA and Angela appeared in one of the audience shots.)

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Mostly cloudy skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 23rd, beginning 8:30 p.m. Professor Shantanu Basu made his digital slide presentation on, “Galaxies,” before some 44 visitors, which soon increased to 61, with some people going directly upstairs to the dome and roof patio. RASC London Centre members Peter Jedicke, Steve Gauthier, Dale Armstrong, and Bob Duff assisted in the dome, while Richard Gibbens listened to Dr. Basu’s slide presentation downstairs in the lecture room.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Mostly cloudy skies greeted some 41 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 16th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Teznie Pugh made her digital slide presentation, “The Sun,” during the course of the evening. Graduate students Sarah Malek and Richard Cyr were also there.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 9th, 8:30 p.m. Dr. Sarah Gallagher made her digital slide presentation, “The Early Days of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory,” twice; the first group included 18 visitors and the second, just 6 people. In all there were an estimated 30—40 visitors at the slide talks and in the dome.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Clouds and rain greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory for the Saturday evening Open House, June 2nd, 8:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami made his digital slide presentation, “Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012,” before 11 visitors. Besides the visitors, Henry Leparskas from Western’s Physics and Astronomy Department was there along with RASC London Centre members Bob Duff, Peter Jedicke, Charlie Moher and Richard Gibbens. Faculty member Professor Paul Wiegert gave a tour of the 25.4cm refractor to some of the visitors but rain ruled out opening the dome.

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