Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 12th, 2018

A hazy cloudy sky greeted some 40 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. Earth Sciences graduate student Liam Innis presented his digital slide presentation “Asteroid Mining: Pipe Dream or Gold Rush?” and fielded questions. There were 32 people in the lecture room at 8:55 p.m. and a total of some 40 visitors for the evening. Graduate student Ameek Sidhu did the “Transit Demonstration” and the “Spectroscopy Demonstration” downstairs in the “Black Room.”
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Science Rendezvous at Western University, Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Cloudy skies and rain, with clearing later in the afternoon, greeted visitors to Science Rendezvous held at Western University’s TD Stadium on Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. This was the second time Western University participated in this nationwide event, bringing hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities to children. Cronyn Observatory Director Professor Jan Cami was the main organizer of the event and chair of the Organizing Committee, with Postdoctoral Fellow Dilini Subasinghe as co-chair. Centre for Planetary Science and Space Exploration (CPSX) Outreach Program Coordinator and PhD graduate Parshati Patel coordinated the CPSX booths.
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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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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Partly cloudy skies greeted visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, May 5th, 2018, 8:30 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate student Hadi Papei, who was in charge of “crowd control” and counted 36 visitors for the evening. Earth Sciences graduate student Arya Bina made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “The Periglacial Landscape of Mars: a Climate History from an Earth Spectacle” and fielded questions. Professors Jan Cami and Els Peeters were also there and did demonstrations of the “Transit Demo” and “Spectroscopy Demo” in the “Black Room.”
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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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