Exploring the Stars, Northdale Central Public School, January 29th, 2015

Cloudy skies greeted 23 visitors (13 children and 10 adults) from the Northdale Central Public School (Dorchester) Grade 6 class for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, January 29th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation "Our Solar System", which included small bodies, and fielded questions. Parshati followed this by the activity "Kitchen Comet".

RASC London Centre was represented by Everett Clark, Tricia Colvin, and Mark Tovey. Everett set up the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian on the roof patio outside the dome. When everybody arrived upstairs in the dome, Mark talked about the history of the Cronyn Observatory and Parshati discussed some technical aspects of the big 25.4cm refractor.

Due to the cloudy weather conditions, visitors were invited to view the wind turbine on the nearby Engineering building to the south. This was done through the 25.4cm Dobsonian (17mm Nagler eyepiece, 66X), supervised by Tricia, and assisted by Mark. Everett, Tricia, and Mark put away the Dobsonian once visitors finished observing, around 8:45 p.m., after an enjoyable evening of astronomy.