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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - August

Friday 2 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Hunting Meteorites Learn all you need to know to distinguish meteorites from other rocks, and to safely and legally search for the hundreds of meteorites still yet to be discovered! [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 at a maximum altitude of 12°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 3 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Summer Day Once per season, the Science Academy forgoes the standard procedure of image presentation and demo/experiments combining to make a cohesive lesson. Instead, the HRPO staff utilizes activities usually not present in any regular session. This summer Cadets learn about Sagittarius♐, go back to 2016, connect on the Snap Circuit Board and play the Ticket to Ride game! [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 at a maximum altitude of 33°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 7 August

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRASopen house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This meeting (open to the public) is a sounding board for real-life solutions to the light pollution problem. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. New visitors will be seen as early as 6:00 pm.]

Friday 9 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Tracking Asteroids BRAS President Steven Tilley will explain how a mere mortal like yourself can tell whether a pinpoint of light is a star or an asteroid. He’ll also provide a list of the brightest and easiest-to-find asteroids in our Solar System. [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 at a maximum altitude of 38°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 10 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Rockets of the Past 3…2…1…from the Chinese to Robert Goddard to the V-2 and the Saturn V. Cadets explore the propulsion machine that won wars and took us to space! [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 Cancer♋ at a maximum altitude of 76°. [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 37°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 12 August

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For thirty-five 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. Over the years BRAS members have published in “Astronomy,” “Sky & Telescope,” and “Scientific American;” constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms; been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society; and entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]
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 the waxing gibbous Moon, Jupiter♃, Saturn♄, and Neptune♆. Also, there are predictions for six visible passes of manmade technology. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 16 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Ice Giants and Beyond As the Oppositions of Uranus♅ and Neptune♆ approach, we’ll visit these majestic and cold objects and investigate what is being revealed of the mostly yet-to-be-seen expanse at the end of our Solar System. [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 at a maximum altitude of 13°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 17 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Rockets of the Future Do current rocket proposals still relay on liquid or solid propellents of the past…or are new forms of transportations being “cooked up?” Cadets will know before most kids in town! [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 at a maximum altitude of 7°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 23 August

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Celestial Fantasia This brand-new annual session (to occur at the beginning of every school year) introduces local teaching staff and students to the Highland Road Park Observatory. Representatives of all three owners will be on-site to explain how HRPO and its public programs and field trips can be used to fulfill education standards, science fair projects and extra-credit tasks. [No admission fee. For professional teachers, informal educators and students.]

Saturday 24 August

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: The Engineering Module This program offers advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years (and some never performed on site) take place. This session focuses on the skill that created Hubble, Chandra, IBEX and the ISS! [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.]

Friday 30 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Earth♁ to Moon to Mars♂ A remembering of Apollo naturally leads to a survey of the incredible Artemis mission to return human beings to the Moon—as a stepping stone to Mars♂! [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 31 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Spinoff Technology With direct oversight by Tom Northrop, SA personnel create for Cadets the first-ever session focused on the devices and services that sprang from our sojourns into space. [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: Plus Night During those months that do not have a standalone special Saturday evening event, the special event is “Plus Night.” It is the same as Evening Sky Viewing Plus with the following additions: marshmallow roast; filtered views of the Moon, Mars♂, and Jupiter♃ (when those objects are available); physical science demonstrations; unaided eye sky tour; binocular sky tour; quiz /scavenger hunt/task game for kids to earn prizes. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 21°. 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 BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, July 29, 2019, 03:36 PM.

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