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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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 26th, 2012

A sky with hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 26th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made her digital slide presentation, “Beyond Planets in Our Solar System,”—about asteroids, comets and moons in the solar system—while faculty member Dr. Aaron Sigut operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome. Aaron directed the big 25.4cm refractor towards the crescent Moon, visible through hazy clouds. RASC London Centre member Bob Duff set up the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian and the Cronyn Observatory’s Meade 8-inch (203mm) Model 2080/LX3 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on the roof patio, directing both at the crescent Moon.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 19th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Neven Vulic made the digital slide presentation, “Exoplanets,” while faculty member Dr. Jan Cami operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome, assisted by graduate student Hoda Rashedi.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Cloudy skies greeted 26 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Saturday Summer Open House, May 12th, 2012, beginning 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Shokoofeh Nourbakhsh made the digital slide presentation, Constellations, before the initial group of 20 visitors. They were all smiles when they came upstairs into the dome, excited to see the telescope.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Despite clear daytime weather, clouds rolled in by evening for the Cronyn Observatory Saturday Summer Open House, May 5th, 2012, beginning 8:30 p.m. Astronomy faculty member Dr. Els Peeters showed the Venus transit information slide and then made her digital slide presentation, The PAH Universe, concerning Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons detected in space by spectroscope.

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