Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - August

Friday, 5 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Voyager LSU physics student Rory Bentley’s second HRPO lecture focuses on one of the most legendary NASA missions. [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 11% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 16°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 6 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Meteor Showers As a preparation for the Perseids, Cadets will investigate the origins and characteristics of meteors. [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 18% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 35°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 8 August

7:00 pm to 8:30 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. This meeting will (1) introduce the general public to the LPC, (2) explain the LPC’s benefit to amateur astronomers, nature lovers, homeowners and taxpayers, (3) summarize the accomplishments of B.R.A.S. in this endeavor (including listing those entities with which B.R.A.S. has communicated) and (4) instruct those interested in seeing as much of the Perseid Meteor Shower as possible what steps to take to maximize their view of that celestial event. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Thursday, 11 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 until midnight for leisurely gazing at other celestial objects. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 12 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Perseid Report This brief presentation will summarize the successes and failures of Perseid peak monitoring across the globe. [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 72% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 41°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 13 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Asteroids and Comets☄ Cadets will learn about asteroid Bennu (OSIRIS-REx’s target) and any upcoming bright comets☄! [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 80% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 41°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 19 August

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: All Unaided-Eye Planets For several nights in late August skywatchers will notice all five of the Solar System’s planets that are visible without equipment will be prominent in the evening twilight sky. On this night only HRPO personnel will have telescopes ready at the back of the Burbank Soccer Complex, between the long lake and the Dog Park. Come learn about the constellations in which they're residing (including a “long-lost” zodiac constellation), get your last telescopic view of Jupiter♃ for 2016, and see Saturn♄’s magnificent rings. Mars♂, Jupiter♃ and Saturn♄ all have orbiting spacecraft studying them at this time, and there is a “robot geologist” rolling around on Mars♂! [No admission fee. For all ages. Binoculars recommended.]

Saturday, 20 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Dwarf Planets With Pluto♇ rising in the sky Cadets will get to know the new category and meet some other “dwarfs.” [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 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 be 90% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 6°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 26 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: OSIRIS-REx…To an Asteroid Over forty years ago, Earthlings acquired their first lunar samples. Now it’s time for the asteroids! An automated trip to the asteroid Bennu launches from Earth in September. What are its goals? What will the results teach us? [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]

Saturday, 27 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 10 Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample astronaut menus! [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 Leo♌ at a maximum altitude of 69°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
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 Friday, July 29, 2016, 10:48 AM.