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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2021 - February

ALERT: Virus shutdown guidelines still being imposed on HRPO are accessible at the front page of this website. If the guidelines move into a higher “Phase” the text will be updated and HRPO may alter programming.
NOTICE: This listing is for in-person programming only. Remote programming will be listed elsewhere.

Friday 5 February

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 6 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Helicopters and Airplanes Cadets will investigates the flying machines that have been with us since the 1930s and 1900s respectively. [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
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 12 February

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 13 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: For Love of the Moon Our solitary natural satellite beckons to us, and we are responding with the orbiting Gateway that will serve as a base for new lunar trips! Cadets will learn the concept of elastic collisions, then fill their knowledge banks with astonishing activities and data regarding lunar basics (maria and craters, how mankind got to the Moon and how we’ll return, modern discoveries about the Moon, lunar tides and lunar gravity). [This is a Historic Standalone session and is not part of the regular rotation of session. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
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 Capricornus♑ at a maximum altitude of 46°. [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 waxing crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 3°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Thursday 18 February

12:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Perseverance Rover Martian Landing The long wait is over. Perserverance is going to look for habitability and check for signs of past microbial life. A variety of on-site activities will accompany NASA live landing and post-landing broadcasts. [No admission fee. For all ages and older.]

Friday 19 February

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 First Quarter Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 57°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 20 February

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. Limit twelve.]
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 will be at a maximum altitude of 79°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 26 February

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 Full Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 54°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 27 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Galaxies The massive conglomerations of stars, nebulae (and perhaps, living beings?) are separated by enormous distances. They come in spiral, elliptical and other varieties, seeming to stand still during the course of a Cadet’s lifetime… [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Plus Night 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 waxing gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 40°. 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.


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, January 29, 2021, 01:19 PM.

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