Western astronomers celebrate space, Earth

The University of Western Ontario will host a pair of special events Saturday (Oct. 8) at the London Regional Children’s Museum in celebration of World Space Week and Earth Science Week.

Scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., researchers and astronomers from Western’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Physics & Astronomy and the London Royal Astronomical Society will lead Londoners young and old through a number of fossil and meteorite-related demonstrations, arts and crafts throughout the three-hour session.

In the evening, the community is invited to Western’s Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory for International Observe the Moon Night.

Scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m., a team of Western scientists will lead visitors through a series of hands-on activities, including viewings through the observatory’s 10″ telescope.

Western Engineering honourary professor and former Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason will also be in attendance for a Q&A session, which is scheduled for 6 p.m.