Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - July

Friday, 3 July

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: New Horizons Party On 14 July history will be made. New Horizons—the fastest spacecraft ever constructed by human beings—will make its groundbreaking close approach to Pluto. Ours will become the first generation of people to see the surface of this mysterious sentimental favorite of the Solar System. This Party will showcase the latest videos and images, and will explain what to expect the week of Closest Approach. There will be games and giveaways. Don’t miss out. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 10 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Three-Dimensional Printing It is a concept and technology still working its way into the public conscience—a revolutionary manner of creating machine parts and, perhaps, other things… Claire Luikart will describe the ways in which 3-D printing may change the face of amateur astronomy, aeronautics and other aspects of life! [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, 11 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Saturn The ringed beauty is now showing up during our viewing times, so now Cadets should review the history and majesty that is Saturn. [$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! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 13 July

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 skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky to participate.

Tuesday, 14 July

6:30 am to 8:00 am: Arrival at Pluto: Actual Occurrence
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Arrival at Pluto: Reception of Transmission The color, composition and landscape of Pluto have subjects of intense speculation for over eighty years. Now speculation will be replaced with fact as the New Horizons spacecraft finally arrives at its primary destination. The morning session will mark the actual moment the spacecraft gets its closest to Pluto. The evening session will be one of celebration, when the confirmation signal from New Horizons reaches Earth!

Friday, 17 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Summer Sky The temperature heats up 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! [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 4% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 8°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 18 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Summer Day A day off for Ms. Amy means a variety of catch-all demos and experiments not available for Cadets in the regular rotation! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 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. Additionally, there will be a marshmallow roast, physical science demos and a sky tour. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be 9% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 28°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 24 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Commercial Space Exploration As NASA breaks ground with people in orbit, living in space, travels to the Moon…and beyond…commercial companies have are always there, building the hardware to make it possible. Now some companies are tentatively following in NASA’s historic footsteps to begin the commercialization of low-Earth orbit. HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop has all the details! [No admission fee. 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 59% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 45°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 25 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 11 This may be one of the most important SA sessions of the year! Cadets will learn how New Horizons left Earth, the questions it expects to answer and how those answer may transform our view of the Solar System. [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 Cancer at a maximum altitude of 79°. [No admission fee. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
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 68% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 44°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 31 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Comet after Comet They are the jokers of the Solar System. Every few years, an astonishing apparition affirms that skygazers have chosen a dynamic and beautiful hobby indeed. This presentation will give an overview of history’s great comets—and what the near future may have in store! [No admission fee. 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 waning gibbous Moon will be 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 20°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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