Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - August

Friday 3 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Ten Years of Fermi On this last night of the mission’s Science Playoff, we’ll revisit the original concept, the man who had his name attached to the project and the awesome information revealed by the machine! [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, 4 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Venus♀ A sunset elongation of Venus♀ will occur on Friday the 17th, and this session is the perfect way for Cadets to prepare! [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 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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 8 August

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. This month’s meeting will discuss the plan to work with local Young Astronaut Clubs. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday 10 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Meteor Showers These beautiful displays of nature enhance our night sky periodically throughout the year! Are we losing our connection to meteors due to light pollution? Is there anything we can do to ensure kids and families can see them? [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, 11 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Volcanoes—The Types A brand-new cycle of sessions for Cadets begins with a survey of the different manners in which a volcano can form. [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 1% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 10°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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

Monday, 13 August

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. B.R.A.S. President Steven Tilley will be this month’s speaker. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 17 August

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Venusian Elongation Periodically Venus♀ reaches itsgreatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun☉. This is the safest way for amateurs to view Venus♀. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex! The planet will appear as a “half-Venus♀.” The First Quarter Moon, Mars♂, Jupiter♃ and Saturn♄ will also be seen. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Saturday, 18 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Volcanoes—The Risks The second session of this new cycle has Cadets outline the risks volcanoes can pose to life. [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 58% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 43°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 24 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Spitzer at Fifteen Fifteen years since the infrared-detecting machine has gone into orbit around the Sun☉! An overview is due. [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 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 32°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 25 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Volcanoes—Other Worlds From the volcanically-active Io to the defunct Martian volcano Olympus Mons, Cadets will travel to the scene of a variety of Solar System eruptions. [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 66°. [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 Full 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.]

Friday 31 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Uranus♅ and Neptune♆ So far away and so evocative. With the new theory explaining Uranus♅’ severe tilt and upcoming opposition of Neptune♆, an overview of the two ice giants is due. [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 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 32°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the B.R.A.S. Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that did not make posting time for this list.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 02:32 PM.