Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Clear skies greeted some 111 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Professor Margaret Campbell-Brown made 2 presentations of her digital slide presentation “Meteor Showers and fielded questions. Undergraduate student Josh Folkerson was “crowd manager” for the evening and counted a total of 111 visitors. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 8th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Mostly clear skies greeted some 32 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, July 1st, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Undergraduate student Meet Panchal made 3 presentations of his digital slide presentation on “Gravitational Waves and fielded questions. Graduate student Richard Bloch was “crowd manager” for the evening and counted a total of 32 visitors. Since it was the Canada Day 150 anniversary there were fewer visitors than usual, although fireworks in Harris Park were visible from the observation deck at 10:00 p.m. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 1st, 2017”

Asteroid Day at the Cronyn Observatory, June 30th, 2017

Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Earth Sciences hosted a special event at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory on Asteroid Day, Friday, June 30, 2017. Asteroid Day is held each year on the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska impact event in Siberia—the largest in recent history—and is a global awareness campaign bringing people around the world together to learn about asteroids and how to protect future generations from cosmic impacts. Continue reading “Asteroid Day at the Cronyn Observatory, June 30th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Partly cloudy skies greeted 47 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 24th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Andrew Pon made 2 presentations of his digital slide presentation “The Most Spectacular Images from Astronomy, and the Science behind Them” and fielded questions. Undergraduate student Roy Zang was “crowd manager” and counted 19 visitors (including 7 children) for the first slide presentation. Dr. Andrew Pon counted about 20 visitors for each of his 2 slide presentations. Several people arrived after the slide lectures or went directly upstairs into the dome. Roy counted a total of 47 visitors for the evening. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 24th, 2017”

Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Mostly cloudy, later partly clearing skies greeted 26 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Summer Public Night, Saturday, June 17th, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Undergraduate student Meet Panchal made his digital slide presentation on “Charles Messier’s Catalog of the Heavens” and fielded questions. Due to technical difficulties, the laptop computer from the “Transit Demo” in the “Black Room” was used for the slide presentation. Continue reading “Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, June 17th, 2017”