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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Clear skies and cold temperature greeted 36 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made his digital slide presentation “Calendars and the Measurement of Time” and answered questions. Graduate students Parshati Patel and Jeff Vankerkhove operated the big refractor in the dome.

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Exploring the Stars, Watford Beavers, November 26th, 2014

Cloudy skies greeted 39 visitors (23 children and 16 adults) from the Watford Beavers, including both Beavers and Cubs, for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation “The Earth Moon System” and fielded questions. She followed this with the activity “Constellations,” distributing 26 “Star Finder” planispheres, including 23 to the children in the audience plus 3 more for children unable to be there. Parshati showed everybody how to assemble and use the planispheres, using a slide of a “Star Finder” planisphere and slides of constellations.

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Exploring the Stars, Brownie Group, November 25th, 2014

Mostly cloudy skies greeted 8 visitors (7 children and 1 adult) from a Brownie group for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “Extra Solar Planets” and fielded questions. Shannon followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” asking the children if they knew what a comet was and showing a picture of comets on the projection screen. A little boy in the group answered and said that comets were made of ice. Shannon then invited everybody to the table at the front of the lecture room where she made a comet with dry ice, chocolate powder and other ingredients.

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