Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - January

Saturday, 2 January

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.]
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.]

Friday, 8 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: 2015—The Space Year in Review Dawn arrives at Ceres…the twenty-fifth anniversary of Hubble…SOHO spots its 3000th cometOrion’s Launch Abort System is tested…the historic One-Year Mission begins…the ISS celebrates fifteen years of continuous human occupation. What is the biggest story of 2015? Give your opinion, both before and after this lecture! [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, 9 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Constellations There are patterns which serve as signposts to everything in the sky. From dominant Orion and Ursa Major to the more difficult-to-see Delphinus and Cancer♋, Cadets will explore the eighty-eight parts of the heavens. [$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 waxing crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 11 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, 15 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Star Clusters A brand-new speaker comes to HRPO. LSU physics undergraduate Rory Bentley presents his own unique take on open clusters and globular clusters. [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 41% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 37°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 16 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Life Cycle of a Star Like people and animals, stars have births and deaths—deaths which are fated by mass and size and companionship. Cadets will study the lives of stars. [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 gibbous Moon will be 52% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 60°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 22 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 14 Crew members Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell left Earth in January 1971 to investigate the Fra Mauro area of our Moon. We celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of this mission with a wonderful talk from BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop. [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 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 65°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 23 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 4 From December 2001 to June 2002 Commander Yury Onufrienko, with Carl Walz and Daniel Bursch performed duties at the International Space Station. Cadets will learn about their mission, build on the circuit board and sample the ISS menu! [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 waning gibbous Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 54°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 29 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Winter Sky BREC Education Curator Amy Brouillette will take the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge’s winter 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! [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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 30 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Winter Day It’s Ms. Amy’s break—and it’s also time for a rambunctious grouping of visual treats and rare demonstrations and experiments. Cadets will reap the rewards! [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.]
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 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 Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 11:24 AM.