RASC London Centre held its 2012 Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 5th, beginning 10:00 a.m., in Masonville Mall. London Centre President Rick Saunders, who organized the event, set up his 8-inch (20.3cm) AstroTech F/4 Astrograph. Charlie Barbara set up his extensive meteorite collection.
Hazy clouds gave way to clear skies for visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, April 28th, 7:00 p.m. Graduate students Robin Wing and Emily McCullough were in charge for the evening with Robin making the digital slide presentation, Our Solar System, to the first group of 23 visitors (17 adults and 6 children) in the lecture room.
Graduate student Tyler Desjardins made the digital slide presentation, The X-Ray Universe, before 8 visitors (6 children and 2 adults) from the 29th Byron Scout Troop, at the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Thursday, April 26th, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Allison Hill was also present.
Graduate student Tyler Desjardins made the digital slide presentation, Our Solar System, before 43 visitors (27 children and 16 adults) from the Spark / Brownie, Girl Guides Unit in Thorndale, at the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 p.m. This was followed by questions.
Hazy clouds greeted 25 visitors (14 children and 11 adults) from the Our Lady of Lourdes School (Delaware) Grade-6 class, to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars on Tuesday, April 24th, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tyler Desjardins made the digital slide presentation, The Lives of Galaxies, and this was followed by questions. Tyler then made a special demonstration, setting up helium, mercury and neon lamps and distributing prism (grating) glasses to everybody in the lecture room. The visitors viewed the colour spectra of the glowing gas in the lamps and Tyler explained how astronomers identified the chemical elements in stars using spectroscopes.