Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - February

Friday, 6 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: GLOBE at Night 2015 This invaluable, year-round exercise is tailor-made for families and students alike, helping them gauge and eradice the light pollution near their homes, schools and workplaces. B.R.A.S. President Merrill Hess will have handouts and step-by-step instructions. This lecture is connection to B.R.A.S.’ 20/20 Vision Campaign! [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 91% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 19°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 7 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cadet’s Choice Periodically, the SA Cadet vote from a list of five possible topics. Those votes are tallied, and Cadets hear the result only when they arrive that morning! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Learn Your Sky A never-ending, ever-changing show of varied objects and movements await all who step outside into the dark of night. This exciting class is an introduction to the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky. [For ages eighteen and older. $15.00 per in-parish binocular; $18.00 per out-of-parish binocular.]
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 85% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 8°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 9 February

6:15 pm to 7:00 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 interested parties to attend.
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. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 13 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Journeys to the Moon Since antiquity, humankind has been voyaging to the Moon with imagination and curiosity. This presentation introduces the beginner to making his or her own observations. Neither a rocket nor a spacecraft is required. [No admission fee. For ages 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, 14 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Historic Experiments I History repeats itself, as the genius of Kepler and Galileo is made manifest during this fun kickoff of a month-long series! [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, 20 February

5:45 pm to 7:45 pm: Moon-Venus-Mars Conjunction Triple conjunctions are among the most beautiful manifestations of the celestial clockwork. On this evening a very thin crescent Moon will be fewer than two degrees from the planets Venus and Mars. The planets will be less than one degree apart. All three objects will be in the constellation Pisces. They will be setting in the evening; all will be as low as thirty degrees by twilight’s time. As thirty degrees is effectively the ground-level treeline at HRPO, personnel will set up equipment at the Burbank Soccer Complex. [No admission fee. For all ages.]
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, 21 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Historic Experiments II History repeats itself, as the genius of Newton and Watt is made manifest in the second of a three-part focus on the past! [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 14% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 21°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 27 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Dawn Mission As you read this the tireless spacecraft zips ever closer to its main quarry—Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System! In preparation for its close pass and investigation of this mysterious world, HRPO gives the facts as they are today—and speculates what may be seen this spring! [Free admission. For ages 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 87% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 78°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 28 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Historic Experiments III History repeats itself, as the genius of Ohm and Priestley is made manifest in the final part of a review of the science that got us where we are today! [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 period. During this time the Sun will be in the constellation Aquarius at a maximum altitude of 52°. [Free admission. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit two 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 82% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 76°. 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 Wednesday, February 04, 2015 6:22:01 AM.