Exploring the Stars, Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School, Grade 6, June 7th, 2018

A partly cloudy, hazy, gradually clearing sky greeted 36 visitors (20 students and 16 adults) from the Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School Grade 6 class, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, June 7th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu made the digital slide presentation “Black Holes” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 33 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing the visitors how to assemble and use them to locate constellations in the sky.
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Exploring the Stars, 1st Mount Brydges Girl Guides, May 22nd, 2018

Cloudy skies greeted 12 visitors (8 children and 4 adults / leaders) from the 1st Mount Brydges Girl Guides for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge,” with the title slide “The Basics,” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet” making a comet from dry ice and other materials.
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Exploring the Stars, Space Invaders, Friday, May 11th, 2018

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 20 visitors of the group Space Invaders, including 11 adults and 9 children (ages 6—14), for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Friday, May 11th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System,” and fielded questions.
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Exploring the Stars, London 68th Beavers, May 2nd, 2018

Partly cloudy skies with hazy clouds greeted 24 visitors (17 children and 7 adults) from the London 68th Beavers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, 6:15 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge,” with the title slide “The Basics,” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the “Crater Experiment” activity, placing a pan filled with flour on the floor, into which was dropped various size balls to demonstrate impact cratering.
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Exploring the Stars, Good Neighbours, Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Cloudy skies greeted 11 visitors (5 adults and 6 children) from the group Good Neighbours, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits,” with the visitors assembling and testing the telescopes from small reusable kits. This was followed by a tour of the dome and demonstrations of the “Spectroscopy Demo” and “Transit Demo” in the downstairs “Black Room” and a tour of the “1940s Period Room.”
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