Exploring the Stars, The London School, November 7th, 2017

Partly cloudy skies greeted 12 visitors (10 students and 2 teachers) from The London School, Grades 8, 9 and 11, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 12:00 Noon—2:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Black Holes” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the “Crater Experiment” activity, which involved dropping various size balls into a pan—placed on the floor—filled with chocolate powder to demonstrate impact cratering.
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Exploring the Stars, Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, November 3rd, 2017

The skies were mostly clear for 3 visitors from the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 10:00 p.m. (This was following the earlier group from Knox Presbyterian Church Youth Group, scheduled, 7:00—9:00 p.m.)
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Exploring the Stars, Knox Presbyterian Church Youth Group, November 3rd, 2017

A mostly clear sky greeted 13 visitors (6 children and 7 adults) from the Knox Presbyterian Church Youth Group, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. This was followed with the “Constellations Activity,” with Jeff distributing 13 “Star Finder” planispheres and helping the visitors put them together with adhesive tape. Jeff showed the slide “Reading a Star Finder” followed by 2 slides of constellations to help them learn how to use the planispheres.
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Exploring the Stars, Matthews Hall STEM Club, November 2nd, 2017

Cloudy skies with some light rain greeted 48 visitors (23 children and 25 adults) from the Matthews Hall School STEM Club, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 6:30 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Viraja Khatu and Amanda DeSouza. Viraja presented the digital slide presentation The Stuff of Stars and fielded questions. This was followed with the “Constellations Activity” with Viraja and Amanda distributing some 24 “Star Finder” planispheres to the children and the teacher, and then helping them put together the planispheres with adhesive tape. Viraja then demonstrated to the visitors how to use the planispheres.
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Exploring the Stars, 80th, London Scouts / Venturers, Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Clear skies greeted 9 visitors (7 children and 2 adults / leaders) from the 80th London Scouts / Venturers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Black Holes” and fielded questions. Viraja then introduced the “Crater Experiment” activity, which involved dropping various size balls into a pan—placed on the floor—filled with flour and topped with chocolate powder to demonstrate impact cratering. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 80th, London Scouts / Venturers, Wednesday, April 26th, 2017”