Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, March 12th, 2018

The school mid-winter “March Break” (March 12th—16th) may have accounted for the unusual number of 132 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Weekday Public Night, Monday, March 12th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Graduate student Dan Hatfield welcomed visitors who soon filled the lecture room. RASC London Centre was represented by Everett Clark, Bob Duff and Peter Jedicke.
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Exploring the Stars, London Waldorf School (Grades 5-6), March 7th, 2018

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 28 visitors (24 children and 4 adults) from the London Waldorf School, Grades 5-6, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Viraja Khatu and Jeff Vankerkhove. Viraja presented the digital slide presentation “Our Star: The Sun” and fielded questions. This was followed by the “Building Sundial” activity with Jeff demonstrating how to cut out and assemble a sundial from a pattern on a printed sheets of paper (with the caption “I Tell Only Sunny Hours”) and Viraja supervising as the children cut out and assembled their own sundials.

When everybody arrived upstairs in the dome, RASC London Centre member Bob Duff gave brief a talk on the history of the observatory and technical aspects of the big 25.4cm refractor, demonstrating with the 32mm Erfle eyepiece (137X) and rotating but not opening the dome. Bob explained how the Schmidt camera and Cassegrain reflector telescope piggy-backed on the 25.4cm refractor worked and the difference between a reflector and refractor telescope. Bob also explained the 2 clocks on the east wall and the difference between Standard and Sidereal Time.
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Exploring the Stars, #3 Striker Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, March 6th, 2018

A clear, later partly cloudy sky, greeted 46 visitors, including 40 Cadets and 4 adults (later joined by 2 more adults) from #3 Striker Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, who arrived on a school bus from Strathroy, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 7:15 p.m. Graduate student Amanda DeSouza presented the digital slide presentation “The History of Space Exploration” and then invited RASC London member Bob Duff to the front of the room to help field questions.
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Exploring the Stars, 1st Dorchester Sparks and Brownies, March 5th, 2018

A clear sky greeted 40 visitors (21 children and 19 adults) from the 1st Dorchester Sparks and Brownies, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, March 5th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and followed this with the activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective.”
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Exploring the Stars, 1st Ilderton Beavers, March 1st, 2018

A cloudy sky with wind and falling snow greeted 20 visitors (10 children and 10 adults) from the 1st Ilderton Beavers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, March 1st, 2018, 6:00—7:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective”—but leaving out the “Constellation Detective”—with the children drawing their own constellations by connecting the dots on a given pattern of stars on white transparency sheets with magic markers, and making up their own constellation stories.
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