Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - August

Saturday, 1 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mercury and Gemini Our country's first courageous steps into orbit around the Earth set records and gave us invaluable data about our home planet and how perhaps we could explore beyond... Cadets will receive an overview of this incredible time of exploration. [$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 96% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 11°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 7 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Sinking of the Royal Oak Some historic events, such as this infamous one from WWII, have inherent astronomical underpinnings. Professor Brad Schaefer tells the tale! [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, 8 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Apollo After the Mercury and Gemini missions established our skill set in orbit, we took the next logical step—human beings’ first visit to the Moon! Cadets will study all six trips. [$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, 10 August

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.]

Wednesday, 12 August

10:00 pm to 2:00 am: Perseid Meteor Shower The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year, caused by debris left from the passings of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Come learn about meteors and let’s see if we can spot some “earthgrazers”. Although telescopes aren’t needed for the Perseids, we’ll have a telescope available from 10:00 pm to midnight for leisurely gazing at other celestial objects. But look fast for the meteors; Perseid meteoroids hit our atmosphere traveling about sixty kilometers a second! If you’re lucky, you may see a fireball…! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 14 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Black Holes—The One-Way Trip No other celestial objects have captured the imagination of the public quite like these abysses to nowhere. With Cygnus X-1 one of the first suspected, and an almost guaranteed supermassive one in the center of our galaxy, black holes demand awe and respect. What's riskier, the enormous amounts of radiation or the possibility of being “spaghettified”? Peter Lazar, the most recent winner of the Conrad Award, will let the audience know. [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, 15 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: The Space Shuttle Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour...135 missions over thirty years. Cadets will experience the excitement in this brand-new SA session! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
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 waxing crescent Moon will be 2% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 10°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 21 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Pluto—Five Weeks of Data The latest findings of New Horizons are covered in this update of one of the greatest American missions ever! [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 waxing crescent Moon will be 43% 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, 22 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 12 Cadets follow the adventures of Bill McArthur and Valery Tokarev. This session comes complete with a circuit board exercise and sampling of the Expedition's menu. [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 53% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 42°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 28 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Exoplanets! With the astrounding recent discovery of the “Super-Earth”, it is now time to reassess the number of planets around other stars we’ve discovered and what they are teaching us about our own Solar System! [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 99% 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, 29 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House I The first half of this energy-relation trek has the Cadets investigating with a scale residential model the amounts and types of power used by everyday citizens. [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 period. During this time the Sun will be in the constellation Leo at a maximum altitude of 69°. [No admission fee. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
5:15 pm to 7:15 pm: Mercury Viewing This is the first of three weeks during which HRPO will attempt a large telescope view of the most elusive planet in our Solar System! [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 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 28°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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