Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - February

Friday, 2 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Great Martian Apparition It’s happening. As Earth♁ speeds closer to it the Red Planet rises earlier, grows larger and shines brighter in the night. It will be seventeen years before it is this impressive again! [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, 3 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Observing the Universe—Telescopes Since the early 1600s, these devices have highlighted the colors of stars, revealed more stars than the eye alone can see, resolve amazing clusters and survey the craters and plains and mountains of our Moon! Cadets will continue this incredible reconnaissance. [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: 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 83% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 6°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday, 7 February

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting B.R.A.S.’s open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky. Visitors this month will receive the results of the first Natural Sky Conference. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 9 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Final Iridium Flares For years these intense brief increases in light from orbiting communications satellites have thrilled families and friends. Sadly, the replacement machines are nowhere near as reflective…and so this is the end of an era. What is an Iridium flare? How does one look in the right place at the right time to see a flare? [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, 10 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Names and Catalogs If we haven’t been there, we’ve named it! The wonderful Messier objects are the tip of the celestial iceberg. Cadets will learn the lists that are keys to the heavens! [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.]

Monday, 12 February

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, 16 February

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 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, 17 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 12 This mission lasted from September 2005 to April 2006. The crew members were Commander Bill Macarthur with Valery Tokarev and Gregory Olsen. Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample astronaut menus! [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 5% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 3°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 24 February

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm: NanoDays All things tiny are placed at the forefront in this celebration of nanotechnology! Several demonstrations and activities will introduce families and engineering enthusiasts to this fast-growing section of science. [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]
6:15 pm to 7:15 pm: Alternative Energy Can’t get enough though it’s past six? This special Saturday lecture will have Dr. David Young illustrating special applications of this twenty-first century science to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
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 the waxing gibbous Moon will be 70% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 79°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 04:19 PM.