Exploring the Stars, 3rd London Guides, April 4th, 2018

Cloudy, windy weather with snow flurries greeted 24 visitors (19 children and 5 adults / leaders) from the 3rd London Guides, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge,” with the title slide “The Basics,” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 23 “Star Finder” planispheres, showing the visitors how to assemble them with adhesive tape, showing the slide “Reading a Star Finder” and demonstrating how to use them to locate constellations in the sky.
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Exploring the Stars, Covenant Christian School, Grades 5-6, March 27th, 2018

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 31 visitors, including 25 children and 6 adults (one teacher and parents) from the Covenant Christian School (Grades 5-6) in Lambeth, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Jeff Vankerkhove and Dan Hatfield. Jeff 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 and Dan going around and helping the children as they cut out and assembled their own sundials.
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Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board Grade 7 Enrichment Class, March 20th, 2018

Clear skies with a few high wispy clouds greeted 24 visitors (10 students and 14 adults, including the teacher and parents) from the London District Catholic School Board Grade 7 Enrichment Class, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 20th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Dan Hatfield presented the digital slide presentation “The Life and Times of Stars” and fielded questions. This was followed by demonstrations of the “Transit Demo” and Spectroscopy Demo” in the downstairs “Black Room.”
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Exploring the Stars, London Waldorf School (Grades 5-6), March 7th, 2018

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 28 visitors (24 children and 4 adults) from the London Waldorf School, Grades 5-6, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Viraja Khatu and Jeff Vankerkhove. Viraja 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 sheets of paper (with the caption “I Tell Only Sunny Hours”) and Viraja supervising as the children cut out and assembled their own sundials.

When everybody arrived upstairs in the dome, RASC London Centre member Bob Duff gave brief a talk on the history of the observatory and technical aspects of the big 25.4cm refractor, demonstrating with the 32mm Erfle eyepiece (137X) and rotating but not opening the dome. Bob explained how the Schmidt camera and Cassegrain reflector telescope piggy-backed on the 25.4cm refractor worked and the difference between a reflector and refractor telescope. Bob also explained the 2 clocks on the east wall and the difference between Standard and Sidereal Time.
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Exploring the Stars, #3 Striker Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, March 6th, 2018

A clear, later partly cloudy sky, greeted 46 visitors, including 40 Cadets and 4 adults (later joined by 2 more adults) from #3 Striker Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, who arrived on a school bus from Strathroy, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 7:15 p.m. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza presented the digital slide presentation “The History of Space Exploration” and then invited RASC London member Bob Duff to the front of the room to help field questions.
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