Cloudy skies, later becoming partly cloudy, greeted 25 visitors from the UWO Scientific Research Society for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, January 11th, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Extra Solar Planets” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Constellations”, distributing 25 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing them how to assemble them with transparent adhesive tape. She then showed them the slide “Reading a Star Finder”, followed by constellations slides from the planetarium software “Stellarium” to help them learn how to use the planispheres. RASC London Centre member Paul Kerans then made a presentation on meteorites, and circulated an iron / nickel and stony iron meteorite around the group for their inspection.
Cloudy skies and damp weather greeted 57 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, January 9th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks presented her 45 minute digital slide presentation “Europa: The Next Frontier” before a standing-room only crowd and fielded questions. She made a shorter 20 minute version of her presentation again later in the evening on the laptop computer for a small late arriving group of visitors.