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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Exploring the Stars, London 66th Beaver Scouts, April 10th, 2018

Partly cloudy sky with hazy clouds greeted 23 visitors (12 children and 11 adults) from the London 66th Beaver Scouts for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove made the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 23 “Star Finder” planispheres, showing the visitors how to assemble them with adhesive tape, and demonstrating how to use them to locate constellations in the sky.
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Exploring the Stars, Sir Arthur Currie Public School, Grade 6, April 3, 2018

Cloudy skies greeted 24 visitors, including 22 students and 2 adults (the teacher and one parent volunteer), from the Sir Arthur Currie Public School, Grade 6, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Our Star: The Sun” and fielded questions. This was followed by the “Building Sundial” activity, with Jeff demonstrating how to cut out and assemble a sundial from a pattern on a printed sheet of paper (with the caption “I Tell Only Sunny Hours”) and then helping the students cut out and assemble their own sundials.
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