Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - February

Friday, 5 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Challenger: Thirty Years Later The tragedy that claimed the greatest number of American astronauts changed the way we prepared for space travel. [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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 6 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: The Periodic Table Oxygen and carbon, silicon and uranium, neon and helium, silver and gold! Cadet’s will immerse themselves in the wonderful chart that describes the building blocks of everything! [$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 participant; $18.00 per out-of-parish participant.]
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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 8 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, 12 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: A New Ninth Planet? We’ll sift through the available evidence suggesting there may be a fifth gas giant 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 crescent Moon will be 26% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 24°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 13 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Amazing Alchemy Ages ago, wisened men attempted to turn lead into gold. Is it possible? Cadets will uncover the truth! [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 37% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 49°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 19 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: LIGO—The Search for Gravitational Waves Dr. Amber Stuver will describe the amazing cutting-edge science in progress here in Louisiana, and how history might be made soon. [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 93% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 75°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 20 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 5 From June to December 2002 Commander Valery Korzun, with Peggy Whitson and Sergei Treschev performed duties at the International Space Station. Cadets will learn about their mission, build on the circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menu! [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 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 gibbous Moon will be 97% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 67°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 26 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The 20/20 Vision Campaign This update on the B.R.A.S. initiative to darken the skies in Baton Rouge will outline successes and identify hurdles still to conquer. [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 83% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 3°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 27 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Exoplanets! The number of planets discovered orbiting other stars is getting close to 2000! Cadets will encounter the astonishing variety in other star systems. [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 51°. [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 waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 10:28 AM.