Exploring the Stars, London Stargazers, January 16th, 2018

A cloudy sky with some light snow greeted 5 visitors from the London Stargazers, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Galaxies” and fielded questions. The visitors were then invited downstairs into the “Black Room,” where Viraja did the “Transit Demonstration” activity, showing them the “Transit Demo” model—demonstrating the transit detection method for finding extra-solar planets.

RASC London Centre was represented by Everett Clark, later joined by Bob Duff, who arrived around 8:00 p.m. The visitors were given a tour of the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome, which remained closed due to the snowy conditions. The London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian was hauled out of the storeroom for demonstration. Everett distributed 4 “Star Finder” planispheres to the visitors. The visitors were gone by around 8:35 p.m. after an interesting and enjoyable evening learning about astronomy and telescopes, despite the cloudy snowy weather.