Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - January

Friday, 2 January

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: International Year of Light Preview Party 2015 has been proclaimed the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies”. This proclamation is an initiative of scientific organizations and UNESCO. IYL2015 is meant to focus on the science of light and light-based applications. HRPO is happy to announce that this proclamation takes into account the dangers and wastes of light pollution. This party will introduce the local citizenry to the concept and give an overview of currently-known IYL tie-ins to 2015 HRPO programming. Drinks and refreshments. [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 3 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Calendars and Time Keepers They have been used for millenia to mark the important events of humanity. How are calendars related to the celestial clockwork? [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 Binocular This class is a hands-on introduction to the operations of your personal binocular. We'll even take it outside for some practice, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major binocular events for the next twelve months. [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 68°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 9 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: 2014—The Space Year in Review Americans take first step in returning beyond Earth orbitRosetta’s comet rendevous makes history…light makes a shadow, but doesn’t take the expected pathfarthest dwarf planet discovered…a top-notch Geminid event at HRPO…solid evidence found for creation of Europa’s markings…ringed asteroids found…Enceladus hides an underground lake…JPL engineers claim a microwave drive moves without propellant or exhaust…the Great Red Spot continues to shrink…mystery of our Moon’s two faces may have an answer…evidence uncovered for recent life-friendly environment on Mars. Which of these is the top stories in the physical sciences for 2014? Is the top story not listed here? During this lecture, the most amazing moments of 2014 will be presented in chronological order, and then you will have the chance to comment at the end of the lecture! [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Comet Lovejoy Viewing Weather permitting, viewing will be attempted of the comet discovered in August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be 105 degrees from the comet. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 10 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 6 Mission Commander Kenneth Bowersox led the Expedition that helped us cope with the tragic loss of Columbia. [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 participant; $18.00 per out-of-parish participant.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Comet Lovejoy Viewing Weather permitting, viewing will be attempted of the comet discovered in August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy. 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.]

Monday, 12 January

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, 16 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Astrophotography for Beginners B.R.A.S. member Chris Desselles returns to present a variety of techniques absolute beginners can use to take stunning images of celestial objects. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Comet Lovejoy Viewing Weather permitting, viewing will be attempted of the comet discovered in August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy. 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, 17 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Earth This is a brand-new SA session created by Ms. Amy. Cadets will study the composition and geology of our home planet. [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 participant; $18.00 per out-of-parish participant.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Comet Lovejoy Viewing Weather permitting, viewing will be attempted of the comet discovered in August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy. 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.]

Friday, 23 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Winter Sky HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette will take the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge's autumn season. She’ll highlight the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months—gems visitors will be able to see live if they continue to visit HRPO! [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 crescent Moon will be 18% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 10°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 24 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Winter Day This stand-alone session allows Cadets to dive into demos and experiments not usually used for SA, while giving Ms. Amy a much-needed break. [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 Telescope This class is a hands-on introduction to the operations of your personal telescope. We'll even take it outside for some practice, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major telescopic events for the next twelve months. [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 waxing crescent Moon will be 28% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 30 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Commercial Space Exploration As NASA breaks ground with Americans in orbit, living in space and travels to the Moon, commercial companies have always been there as partners, building the hardware to make it possible. Now some companies are tentatively following in NASA’s historic footsteps to begin the commercialization of low-Earth orbit. HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop has all the details! [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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 31 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Exoplanets! For the children of the 1970s and 1980s, planets orbiting other stars were only in speculation and imagination. For Cadets they are a thrilling fact! [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 Capricornus at a maximum altitude of 42°. [Free admission. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit two per adult purchaser.]
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Learn Your Binocular This class is a hands-on introduction to the operations of your personal binocular. We'll even take it outside for some practice, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major binocular events for the next twelve months. [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 92% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 77°. 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 Friday, January 23, 2015 10:30:54 AM.