Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - January

Friday, 6 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: 2016—The Space Year in Review The death of a legend…an arrival at Jupiter…the detection of further proof of relativity. Which was your favorite story of 2016? Which was the most profound? [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 65% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 61°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 7 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 1 It all begins here, with the historic first mission to the International Space Station. Cadets will 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 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 telescope; $18.00 per out-of-parish telescope.]
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 75% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 72°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 9 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, 13 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Star Clusters Clusters of stars, whether “open” or “globular,” each have their own unique personality and appeal. LSU physics undergraduate Rory Bentley returns with an overview of the most famous clusters of our skies. [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 96% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 35°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 14 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Calendars and Time Keepers Years, months and days. We can’t turn back time but we can mark it. Cadets will learn how we’ve been doing it all throughout the…time periods. [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 91% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 22°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 20 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 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, 21 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.]
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! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 27 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 1 Fiftieth Anniversary BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop recounts the first loss of American astronaut life, when a practice run-through of procedures led to the deaths of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. [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 New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 28 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Venus♀ Oh the heat…oh the pressure. Have any Earth♁ spacecraft been there? Did they survive? Cadets will learn the mysteries of our System’s hottest planet, and a few of the answers! [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 the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Sagittarius♐ at a maximum altitude of 41°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
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 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.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 02:01 PM.