Western celebrates science and community engagement with special space-themed event

Science Literacy Week highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast. The goals are to showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian science and to show how exciting science is.

As part of the national festivities, Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), in collaboration with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and the Planetary Society (London Chapter), is hosting an event on Saturday, September 24 at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory to engage the community of southwestern Ontario with several family-friendly space science activities.

Event Details:
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Location: Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University
Website: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/outreach/public_events/science_literacy_week.html

Activities & Display:

• Space Science Challenge
• Planet Walk
• Star gazing through Cronyn’s 10-inch main telescope as well as several other telescopes
• Build model rockets
• Create 3D celestial objects and spacecraft
• Space books on display
• Historical displays and artifacts
• Arts and Crafts for kids
• Raffle

• Meet the planetary scientists and the astronomers form Western University
• Meet members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and The Planetary Society

Free parking is available at the Alumni parking lot.

MEDIA CONTACT: Parshati Patel, CPSX Public Outreach Coordinator, ppatel54@uwo.ca

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.