Skip Navigation Links


Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - December

Wednesday 4 December

6:00 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. Agenda begins at 6:15 pm.]

Friday 6 December

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Binoculars and Telescopes BRAS members will reveal winning tips for making your binocular or telescope purchase as smooth, efficient and successful as possible. [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 59°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 7 December

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Introduction to Astrobiology As we investigate curious signatures of oxygen and methane in the Solar System and beyond, Cadets will learn what that means. How would we react if we found proof of extraterrestrial life tomorrow? [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 First Quarter 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.]

Friday 13 December

9:00 pm to 1:00 am: Geminid Meteor Shower The Geminid meteors, in addition to being part of one of the most reliable showers of the year, are quite intriguing. The first Geminids were noticed in the 1860s yet we were perplexed about their origins. In the 1980s (after over a century of searching) scientists pinpointed an asteroid now known as Phaethon as the originator of the debris field that produces Geminids! Any meteors that are part of this shower seem to radiate from a point in the sky near the star Castor, in the constellation Gemini. For this one night HRPO will be open for four hours, during which time members of the public are welcome. Due to the light pollution problem here in East Baton Rouge Parish, it is feasible to attempt viewing of this major shower only during its peak time. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 14 December

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 Ophiuchus at a maximum altitude of 36°. [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. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 26°. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 20 December

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Protecting the Power Grid There are several different ways entire sections of our nation’s Grid can be damaged or destroyed. Indeed, it’s happened before…at least on a small scale. What about a large-scale event? Many believe it’s a matter of when, not if. Are we prepared? [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 21 December

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Earth Orbit Trips I/Electrical Behavior I This standalone, never-to-return-again series of sessions (each about a month apart) will focus on the space stations and satellites that orbit our home planet, and a collection of electricity demonstrations. Cadets who participates in sessions I, II and III will receive a special notation on their next certificates! [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 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 27 December

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm: 2020 Preview Party The last open Friday of HRPO’s calendar is devoted to premiering much of the 2020 schedule (lectures, camps, celestial events, special programs, classes and guests). Weather permitting, viewing of Venus♀, Uranus♅, Neptune♆, Vesta, Sirius, the Pleiades, the Hyades, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Perseus Double Cluster, Delphinus the Dolphin and the “Kids” of Auriga will take place. Four visible passes are predicted. [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

Saturday 28 December

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion 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. [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. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! During this time the waning crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 1°. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 30 December and
Tuesday 31 December

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Winter Space Exploration Camp There is no other like it! We are in the New Space Age. Let your kid enter into it via this awesome Camp backed by the best space travel enthusiasts in town! [For ages nine to thirteen. $55.00 per in-parish Explorers; $66.00 per out-of-parish Explorers.]

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.

Previous page


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:24 PM.

Back to top