Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - April

Monday 2 April

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm: CRS-14 Launch Party A SpaceX Dragon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, sending a Dragon spacecraft filled with cargo and material to support science investigations to the International Space Station. Please join us for this fun and informative viewing session. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments. Merchandise ten percent off.]

Tuesday 3 April and
Wednesday 4 April

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Spring Rocket Camp Rocketeers will each construct and launch a two-stage Estes Mongoose! [For ages nine to thirteen. $57 per in-parish Rocketeer; $68.40 per out-of-parish Rocketeer.]

Wednesday 4 April

5:30 am to 8:00 am: Dragon Spacecraft Docking/Hatch Opening Party Personnel will grapple the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the International Space Station. Please join us for this fun and informative viewing session. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments. Merchandise ten percent off.]

Wednesday, 4 April

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting B.R.A.S.’s open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky. Visitors this month will receive the results of the first Natural Sky Conference. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 6 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Exoplanets For his very first presentation, 20OGS operator Jordan Cobbs will survey the various manners in which we search for planets around other stars, and he will provide notable examples! [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, 7 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Plate Tectonics Extensional, compressional, transform…. Cadets will learn how the plates of our home planet create mountains and volcanoes! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:00 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, 9 April

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, 13 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 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, 14 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! [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 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 21 April

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm: International Astronomy Day Exhibitors, rides, games, food, music and science are the ingredients in this gumbo! Quite possibly the largest IAD celebration this side of Houston celebrates its twelfth anniversary, and we’re marking the occasion with the most expensive raffle prize to date! [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]

Friday, 27 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Mercury☿ and Venus♀ These two closer-than-Earth♁ planets—one the fastest, one the hottest—are surveyed, together with an explanation of HRPO’s revised Planet Time policy. [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 96% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 49°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 28 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Genetics How does our mother’s and our father’s chromosomes determine our height, hair color and skin tone? Will microgravity affect this process? Cadets will work Punnett square and so much more. [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 gibbous Moon will be 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 38°. 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 Friday, March 30, 2018, 01:10 PM.