Exploring the Stars, Dad Club London, November 16th, 2017

Cloudy skies, with some wet snow falling, greeted 33 visitors (19 children and 14 adults) from Dad Club London, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Daniel Hatfield and Viraja Khatu. Daniel presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. This was followed by Viraja doing the “Crater Experiment” activity, with various size balls being dropped into a pan—placed on the floor—filled with flour, mixed with some chocolate powder, to demonstrate impact cratering.
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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”

Indigenous Services Mini-University, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 24th, 2017

Cloudy skies and hazy damp weather greeted 25 visitors from the Indigenous Services Mini-University for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, July 24th, 2017, 9:00 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft presented the digital slide presentation “Water in the Universe” and fielded questions. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza was telescope operator for the evening and took everybody upstairs into the dome after the slide presentation. Continue reading “Indigenous Services Mini-University, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 24th, 2017”

Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 19th, 2017

Clear skies greeted 62 visitors (students and staff members) from the Summer Academic Writing Clinic for incoming first-year students, for evening observing at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, 8:30—11:00 p.m. Professor Robert Cockcroft made the digital slide presentation “Celestial Bear: The Six Nations’ Night Sky.” This was followed by the visitors dividing into groups for tours of the downstairs “Black Room” and “Period Rooms” and observing in the dome. Continue reading “Summer Academic Writing Clinic, Evening Observing at the Cronyn Observatory, July 19th, 2017”