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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2020 - January

Friday 3 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: 2019—The Space Year in Review Europa’s plumes and Mars♂’ lakes confirmed…a visitor from another stellar system…strong evidence for an exomoon…a possible signal from the first stars in the Universe. 2019 was an incredible twelve months of discovery and hope. The top headlines of the previous year compose this annual presentation. [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 at a maximum altitude of 53°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 4 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House I The first of this three-session series has Cadets focus on how the motion of water can be transformed into energy for families and businesses! [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 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 at a maximum altitude of 67°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 8 January

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRASopen house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This meeting (open to the public) is a sounding board for real-life solutions to the light pollution problem. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. Agenda begins at 6:15 pm.]

Saturday 11 January

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 waning gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 41°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 13 January

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For thirty-five 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. Over the years BRAS members have published in “Astronomy,” “Sky & Telescope” and “Scientific American;” constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms; been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society; and entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 17 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Earth♁ to Moon to Mars♂ A remembering of Apollo naturally leads to a survey of the incredible Artemis mission to return human beings to the Moon—as a stepping stone to Mars♂! [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 18 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House II The second of this three-session series has Cadets focus on how the motion of wind can be transformed into energy for families and businesses! (Enrollment in Part I is not necessary. Part II of “Earth Orbit Trips/Electrical Behavior” will take place in February.) [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 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 24 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Winter Sky BRECEC Education Curator Amy Brouillette will take the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge’s winter season. She’ll highlight the celestial gems and events 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 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 25 January

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.]
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! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 31 January

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Comet☄ after Comet☄ There are predictions for no fewer than three comets☄ to brighten to magnitude eight during calendar year 2020. Will they be visible from Baton Rouge? Which telescopes will be necessary, and how will HRPO provide viewing times? [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 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.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:54 PM.

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