Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - April

Friday, 3 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Dating the Crucifixion It is one of the most profound events to influence Western history. Can ancient texts and the motions of the Universe help pinpoint the actual date? For the tenth consecutive year, LSU physics professor Brad Schaefer returns for Good Friday and leads the audience step-by-step through the investigation in this, one of the most intriguing lectures in HRPO history! Arrive early, because it may just be standing room only! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 35°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 4 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Plate Tectonics Which of our Solar System’s bodies exhibit evidence of “moving” land? [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 24°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 10 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 13 45th Anniversary Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here. That chilling statement was transmitted through space from the brave crew to Mission Control. It soon became clear to Commander James Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise that they had not only “lost the moon” but were also in a very precarious situation. It was the determination, creativity and ingenuity of the crew and NASA personnel that held sway, transforming a potential tragedy into a triumph of intelligence, engineering and quick thinking. HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop's Apollo anniversary lectures continue with this harrowing and exciting entry! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 11 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 8 Cadets will investigate the stay of Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 13 April

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting In conjunction with the 20/20 Vision Campaign, B.R.A.S. has initiated this open house and invites all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky to participate.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For over thirty years B.R.A.S. has educated countless numbers of citizens in the joys of planetary and deep-sky gazing, the perils of light pollution and factors to consider when buying a pair of binoculars or a telescope. B.R.A.S. members have published in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and Scientific American. B.R.A.S. members have constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms. B.R.A.S. members have entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. B.R.A.S. members have been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society. Anyone interested in learning more about B.R.A.S. is invited to attend. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 17 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Spring Sky The temperature is mild as April’s constellations settle high overhead early in the night. HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette takes the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge's summer season. She highlights the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months—gems that visitors will be able to see live if they continue to visit HRPO! [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 18 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Spring Day A day off for Ms. Amy means a variety of catch-all demos and experiments not available for Cadets in the regular rotation! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be 0% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 2°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 25 April

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm: International Astronomy Day Nine years of games, food and sky viewing. Those are the memories that many in the local community have of past IADs. Continue the tradition this year and join LIGO, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Metropolitan Airport, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society and others as they all converge on what is possibly the greatest IAD event in the state! Face painting, Train Like an Astronaut, the Adventure Quest Game, the Homemade Comet and the Scope-on-a-Rope all return! The six-meter dry slide and the Spacewalk are back—along with the brand-new Trackless Train! The top raffle prize this year is a brand-new Orion 4.5-inch Skyquest Dobsonian Reflecting Telescope! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, April 03, 2015 10:34:33 AM.