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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - April

Tuesday 2 April

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: HRPO Summer Camp Meet and Greet To coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the first Moon Landing, HRPO rebrands and restructures its legendary astronomy day camp. Come join us as we give a preview of the amazing activities, challenges and field trips that await your kid. There will be a game with prizes for the kids to play, and all BREC merchandise will be ten percent off during this session. [Solar viewing from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Drinks and refreshments. No admission fee. For kids who will be six to thirteen in June and July.]

Wednesday, 3 April

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRAS’ open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This month’s meeting will include a second review of the outline of this November’s third annual Natural Sky Conference, suggestions of ways to facilities section 6I of BREC’s Environmental Sustainability Policy, and announcements of tie-ins to the Moon Landing Fiftieth Anniversary. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 5 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 waxing 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, 6 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 waxing crescent Moon will be 3% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 16°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 8 April

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For over thirty years BRAS 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. BRAS members have published in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and Scientific American. BRAS members have constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms. BRAS members have entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. BRAS members have been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. BRAS member Merrill Hess will speak about the life cycle of stars, and (time allowing) also demonstrate the cleaning of a telescope’s primary mirror. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 12 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Titanic: Fire and Ice It has been 107 years…the stately craft lies deteriorating in its grave several miles below the surface of the Atlantic. HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette reveals information that places the audience at the scence of the tragedy. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm 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 53% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 74°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 13 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Maritime Engineering! A and B have to be built, so that we can discover X and Y. Cadets will become immersed in the “E” in “STEM.” [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:00 pm 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, a game that yields prizes and a sky tour. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be 64% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 79°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 20 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Earth! The continents and oceans, plates and atmosphere of our home planet are ever-changing. Cadets will learn how we’ll “roll with the changes.” [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Solar Viewing Weather permitting, safe viewing of the Sun☉ in three different manners will occur. During this time the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Aries♈ at a maximum altitude of 71°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Skygazing: A Pursuer’s Guide This special Saturday presentation aimed toward students and families introduces the science hobby and outlines how print and online resources (and HRPO) can support a lifetime of intellectual and aesthetic fulfillment. [No admission fee. For ages six to seventeen.]
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 will be 96% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 9°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Tuesday 23 April and Wednesday 24 April

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Spring Space Exploration Camp The second session of this brand-new Camp (taking the place of Rocket Camps) will focus on asteroids. Explorers will look at how an asteroid-spacecraft rendezvous occurs, and launch the Star Trooper and Yankee chemical rockets. [For ages nine to thirteen. $57.00 per in-parish Explorers; $68.40 per out-of-parish Explorers.]

Friday, 26 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Insight into Apollo In the midst of these celebrations, there are those around town with personal stories to tell. Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Treasurer Tom Harrell (KE5LVQ) provides a novice engineer’s perspective on the Apollo missions during this anniversary season. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm 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 27 April

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Overview and Expansion This brand-new program will offer advanced topics, topic extensions, and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration.]
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 29 April

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm: The Future of Space Are you a soon-to-graduate high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student who has dreamed of working in a STEM field? HRPO is proud to partner with the Louisiana Space Consortium to program this special one-time livestream party. NASA's Office of STEM Engagement is broadcasting a special message from Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the astronauts currently on board the International Space Station! [For ages sixteen and older. No admission fee.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:50 PM.

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