Boys & Girls Club of London, Solar Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, August 30th, 2017

Partly cloudy skies greeted 19 visitors (15 children and 4 staff members) from the Boys & Girls Club of London for solar observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, 2:00 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate student Amanda DeSouza who brought them downstairs into the “Black Room,” where she showed them the “Transit Demo” model—demonstrating the transit detection method for finding extra-solar planets—and the “Spectroscopy Demo,” inviting the visitors to put on diffraction grating glasses and view the spectra of 4 gas discharge lamps set up on the table, including: hydrogen, helium, neon and mercury.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 120 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 26th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “The Final Mission of the Cassini Spacecraft – Update” and fielded questions. RASC London Centre member Bob Duff counted 39 people in the lecture room at 8:49 p.m. and some 48 more in the dome, stairway and on the observation deck by 9:00 p.m. There were 16 people for the second slide presentation. There were some 120 visitors for the evening.
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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 228 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 19th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Josh Hedgepeth made 4 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Ocean Worlds” and fielded questions. McMaster University undergraduate student Ian Fare was “crowd manager” and counted 181 visitors by 9:37 p.m., 212 by 10:02 p.m. and 226 by 10:45 p.m., with 2 more arrivals for a total of 228 by 10:54 p.m. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 19th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 206 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, August 12th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation The Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 and fielded questions.  Graduate student Sivayini Kandeepan was “crowd manager” and counted 130 visitors by 9:20 p.m. and 200 by 10:39 p.m. There were 6 more visitors, from RASC London Centre member Paul Kerans’ telescope outside, who accompanied London Centre member Bob Duff into the dome at 11:08 p.m. for a total count of 206 visitors. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, August 12th, 2017”

Partial Solar Eclipse in London Ontario Monday August 21

The partial eclipse begins on the right side of the Sun’s disk just after lunch, at 13:07. Soon after this you will notice the black bite out of the Sun. Maximum eclipse occurs at 14:30, when 75% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon’s disk. The Sun will be back to normal by 16:10 as the Moon moves off the left side of the Sun’s disk.

The RASC London Centre will support the event at the campus of Western University if you would like to have a fun and safe chance to view the partial solar eclipse. Continue reading “Partial Solar Eclipse in London Ontario Monday August 21”