Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, September 1st, 2012

A hazy cloudy sky greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, September 1st, 8:30 p.m. Undergraduate student Neil Bhatt made his digital slide presentation, “The Solar System,” before 17 people at 8:45 p.m. There were 32 visitors to the Cronyn by the end of the evening.

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Fanshawe Conservation Area Star Night, August 25th, 2012

By Peter Jedicke, Edited by Robert Duff

Fanshawe Conservation Area hosted a star night at the boat launch just above Fanshawe Dam on Saturday evening, August 25th. Under clear skies, Peter Jedicke gave a slide show, "The Wonderful Heavens," including a tribute to Neil Armstrong. As suggested by the Armstrong family in a press release after Armstrong's death earlier in the day, star night attendees looked at the first quarter Moon and gave a wink in appreciation of Armstrong's accomplishment as first man to walk on the Moon. The show also featured an ISS pass in the southwest at 21:38 that was greeted with much enthusiasm and many questions.

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Cronyn Observatory International Students Tour, Monday, August 27th, 2012

Clear skies greeted 35 visitors, including 32 adults, 2 children and one infant to the Cronyn Observatory International Students Tour, Monday, August 27th, 8:30—10:30 p.m. Graduate student Allison Hill and undergraduate student Neil Bhatt made their 20—30 minute digital slide presentation on the theme, “Mars and the Astronomy Program at Western.”

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