Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - April

Friday, 1 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Spring Sky BREC Education Curator Amy Brouillette will take the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge’s spring season. She’ll highlight the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months-gems visitors will be able to see live if they continue to visit HRPO! [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 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, 2 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Spring Day It’s Ms. Amy’s break—and it’s also time for a rambunctious grouping of visual treats and rare demonstrations and experiments. Cadets will reap the rewards! [$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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 11 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. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 15 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: NASA Spinoff Technology HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop gives the audience an overview of the fascinating objects and technology that developed as a direct result of the American Space Program. Many of these devices and materials may be at the doctor’s office, the mall—some might even be in your home! [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 69% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 72°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 16 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mercury☿ The swiftest planet is also the hardest to spot in the sky. Why? Cadets will investigate the origin of Mercury’s☿ largest features and how they were named. [For ages eight to twelve. $5:00 per in-parish Cadet; $6:00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm: NanoDays All things tiny are placed at the forefront in this celebration of nanotechnology! [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm: Mercury☿ Viewing The little and elusive scorching-and-freezing planet is in crescent phase in the constellation Aries♈ during this first of two early sessions dedicated to spotting it! [No admission fee. For all ages.]
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 78% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 69°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 22 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The History of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society B.R.A.S. is thirty-five years old and this retrospective hits all the highlights, from Halley’s Comet☄ to asteroid discoveries, from the last Transit of Venus♀ of our lifetimes to the founding of HRPO! [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 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 19°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 23 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cadet’s Choice Cadets know this session! The only time during the SA cycle the kids choose the topic! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
5:45 pm to 7:15 pm: Mercury☿ Viewing Missed the first session, or want to come back for more? Bring your family and friends this time! [No admission fee. For all ages.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Plus Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Additionally, there will be a marshmallow roast, physical science demos and a sky tour. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will 97% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 9°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 29 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Transits The beauty of a transit is unlike any other celestial phenomenon. Come discover the history of these events, how to safely view one and what to expect for the upcoming Transit of Mercury☿! [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, 30 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Jupiter♃ The king of the planets is high in the south these nights. Cadets will learn the history of Jovian discoveries and what to expect from a telescope view and the Juno spacecraft. [$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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, March 31, 2016, 11:10 AM.