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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - January

Friday, 4 January

6:45 pm to 8:15 pm: GLOBE at Night Training Sessions HRPO personnel will be taking teachers, students and natural-sky enthusiasts step-by-step through the process of reporting a measurement of light pollution (or none) using the constellation Orion! The three sessions are at 6:45 pm, 7:15 pm and 7:45 pm. [No admission fee. For ages eight 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, 5 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Sun☉ Are active regions returning on the Sun☉? Cadets will learn about our home star. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
3:30 pm to 7:30 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 New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday, 9 January

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRAS’ open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This month’s meeting will have instructions on how to prepare private property for viewing the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 11 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: 2018—The Space Year in Review Kepler and Dawn came to an end…InSight arrived at Mars♂….New Horizons finally spied Ultima Thule…a comet from outside the Solar System visited…the exoplanet hunter TESS left Earth♁…the Parker Solar Probe entered the Sun☉’s corona. These are only a handful of stories that will make 2018 forever memorable! [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 30% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 23°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 12 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Moon Missions and myths, future travels and viewing from home…Cadets will know the Moon! [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 waxing crescent Moon will be 39% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 49°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 14 January

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For over thirty years BRAS 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. BRAS members have published in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and Scientific American. BRAS members have constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms. BRAS members have entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. BRAS members have been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. BRAS member Jim Gutierrez will be this month’s speaker; the topic will be sunspots. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 18 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 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 94% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 66°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 19 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 the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Sagittarius♐ at a maximum altitude of 39°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
3:30 pm to 7:30 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 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 70°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Sunday 20 January

8:00 pm to 2:00 am: Total Lunar Eclipse Overnight excitement at HRPO as we open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events! While in the constellation Cancer♋, the Moon will enter the Earth♁’s shadow, turning darker and darker—and then??? The actual color can range from dark brown to red to bright orange to yellow, depending on the current state of the Earth♁’s atmosphere. This will be the last total lunar eclipse completely visible from Baton Rouge for over three years. Don’t miss it! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 25 January

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 waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 26 January

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 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 Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:48 PM.

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