Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Cloudy skies with some light snow greeted 42 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented her digital slide presentation “Our Home Galaxy: The Milky Way” before an audience of 35 visitors (including some 12 children) and fielded questions. There were 2 other visitors who went directly upstairs into the dome. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg directed 5 more visitors, who arrived after the slide lecture, directly upstairs into the dome which remained closed due to weather conditions. This brought the total to 42 visitors for the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, February 25th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 1st Ilderton Beavers, February 16th, 2017

Clear skies greeted 33 visitors (18 children and 15 adults / leaders) from the 1st Ilderton Beavers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective” which involved the children drawing and naming their own constellations by connecting patterns of black dots representing stars on 2 white laminated sheets, using magic markers. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 1st Ilderton Beavers, February 16th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, February 13th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 30 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, February 13th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Since there was no slide presentation, visitors simply went upstairs into the dome where they were greeted by graduate students Robin Arnason and Kendra Kellogg and RASC London Centre members Everett Clark, Paul Kerans and Bob Duff. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, February 13th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, London 31st B Cub Scouts, February 9, 2017

Cloudy skies greeted 28 visitors (19 children and 9 adults / leaders) from the London 31st B Cub Scouts for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Robin Arnason presented the digital slide presentation “The Small Bodies in Our Solar System”and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials on a table set up at the front of the lecture room. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, London 31st B Cub Scouts, February 9, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, MEC London, February 7th, 2017

Cloudy skies with rain showers greeted 28 visitors from MEC London (Mount Equipment Co-op) for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Robin Arnason presented the digital slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and fielded questions. Robin followed this with the “Transit Demonstration” activity. The visitors divided into 2 groups with one group going upstairs into the dome and the other downstairs to see the “Transit Demo” in the “Black Room.” Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, MEC London, February 7th, 2017”