Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2014 - July

Saturday, 5 July

10:00 am: Saturn After a one-week hiatus, SA is back with a session devoted to the ringed beauty that graces our skies at this time. Cadets will vote for the “Cadet’s Choice” topic two weeks from today, and receive the first next-generation Bead Collectors assignments! [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 56% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 51°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission.]

Monday, 7 July to Friday, 11 July

8:00 am to 5:00 pm Stargazers Camp (Session Five) This is the workhorse session, for those children who are just starting to reach the age of more independent study. This age range occupies the lion’s share of each summer’s session as a high percentage of them are both just starting in the skygazing hobby and continuing an interest obtained years earlier. At the end of this week parents receive a listing of other programs specifically designed for this age group. [For ages eight to ten. $110 per in-parish Camper; $132 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Friday, 11 July

7:30 pm: Wonders of the Summer Sky The temperatures start to rise as July’s constellations settle high overhead early in the night. HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette takes the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge’s summer season. She highlights the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months—gems that 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 gibbous Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 26°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 12 July

10:00 am: Summer Day Yet another new concept is introduced to Science Academy! During the four sessions named for the seasons, an incredible variety of demonstrations and experiments await the Cadet.... Cadets will also vote for the “Cadet’s Choice” topic next week. [$5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Evening Sky Viewing Plus Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Inside, physical science demonstrations will be on display. Weather permitting, there will also be a marshmallow roast and a sky tour. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 17°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission.]

Monday, 14 July to Friday, 18 July

8:00 am to 1:00 pm: Stargazers Camp (Session Six) This is the introductory session, kept to a half-day due to the participants’ young ages. Here, children first experience the concepts of enormous distances and incredibly lengthy time periods. They begin to learn the characteristics of different planets and moons, and prepare themselves for the higher-level sessions. [For ages six and seven. $90 per in-parish Camper; $108 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Friday, 18 July

7:30 pm: Apollo 11 45th Anniversary One of the most monumental events in human history took place at 9:56 pm CDT on 20 July 1969 when Neil Armstrong placed his left foot onto Earth’s only natural satellite. HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop will help visitors relive—or learn more about—this thrilling accomplishment. [Free admission. 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, 19 July

10:00 am: Cadet’s Choice This is the one session of the cycle whose topic is chosen by the Cadets. The votes are cast during the previous two sessions. [$5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Party “That’s one small step for a man…one giant reason for a party.” Okay, that’s not the quote, but drinks, chips and an all-around fun time will be had by all as we honor quite possibly the greatest task ever accomplished by human beings working together. Games and historic images connected to the drive and bravery of the Apollo astronauts, the American space program and the private contractors will also be available. [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 21 July to Friday, 25 July

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Stargazers Camp (Session Seven) This is the challenging session, for those children who are up to the task. Cleverly created mind-building activities, special access to certain demonstrations, electronic experiments and a unique field trip put this session head-and-shoulders above the others. There’s so much “advanced” that we hesitate to call it “camp”! [For ages eleven to thirteen. $110 per in-parish Camper; $132 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Friday, 25 July

7:30 pm: Backyard Astronomy HRPO Outreach Coordinator Trevor McGuire highlights the practical tips and tricks for making backyard and urban observing as successful as possible. [Free admission. 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, 26 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Forecasting the Weather Cadets will become familiar with the tools and techniques used to predict as accurately as possible what Mother Nature will be doing as we travel and skygaze. [$5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 Cancer at a maximum altitude of 79°. [Free admission. Solar viewers available for $1.50.]
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, 28 July to Friday, 1 August

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Stargazers Camp (Session Eight) This is the workhorse session, for those children who are just starting to reach the age of more independent study. This age range occupies the lion’s share of each summer’s session as a high percentage of them are both just starting in the skygazing hobby and continuing an interest obtained years earlier. At the end of this week parents receive a listing of other programs specifically designed for this age group. [For ages eight to ten. $110 per in-parish Camper; $132 per out-of-parish Camper.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Saturday, July 05, 2014 11:35:58 AM.