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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2020 - August

ALERT: All in-person August programming will have guidelines that patrons must follow if they are to remain on site. The guidelines are accessible at the front page of this website.
NOTICE: This listing is for in-person programming only. Remote programming will be listed on the front page.

Saturday 1 August

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 33°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 7 August

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 4°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 8 August

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 75°. [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 gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Tuesday 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 Mars♂, Jupiter♃, Saturn♄, Neptune♆ and the double star Albireo. Also, there are predictions for over fifteen visible passes of manmade technology. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 14 August

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 15 August

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 21 August

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 15°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 22 August

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 22°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 28 August

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Triple Conjunction with Moon The Moon, Jupiter♃ and Saturn♄ form an eight-degree wide triangle; Earthshine and sunspots will also be visible. [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

Saturday 29 August

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Plus Night: “WWII Victory!” Tonight’s Evening Sky Viewing has the following additions: marshmallow roast; filtered views of Jupiter♃; 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 gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 36°. 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 Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:44 PM.

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