Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - July

Friday, 1 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. BREC 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 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, 2 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Summer Day Ms. Amy gets a well-deserved break as activities and topics not usually covered for Cadets dominate the session. [For ages eight to twelve. $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, 4 July

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm: Juno Arrival at Jupiter♃ Celebrate American ingenuity during Independence Day as once again a U.S.-fronted spacecraft begins a marvelous and awe-inspiring science study. The Juno spacecraft arrives at Jupiter♃ after almost five years of travel. HRPO will highlight the end of the journey with a special program filled with all things Jovian! [No admission fee. For all ages. Binoculars recommended. Drinks and refreshments.]

Saturday, 9 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 8 As the ISS crews continue record setting for living/working in space, Cadets investigate the history of past Expeditions. [For ages eight to twelve. $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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 32% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 50°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 11 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.
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, 15 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: 200—The Natural Sky Goal The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society is spearheading an effort to top Louisiana’s last-year record of sky quality readings. How can you help and what will this mean to amateur and professional astronomy in the area? Help us attain 200+ GLOBE at Night measurements to show everyone in town what a natural sky means to us! [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 the waxing gibbous Moon will be 85% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 42°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 16 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Juno The first few weeks of this historic mission will have the Cadets sending a congratulations package to the scientists! [For ages eight to twelve. $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 gibbous Moon will be 91% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 39°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 22 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 15 45th Anniversary BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop’s Apollo history talks continue. This was the first lunar landing to use the Lunar Rover, allowing Mission Commander David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin to explore more than twenty-seven kilometers of ground. Alfred Worden was the Command Module Pilot. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]

Saturday, 23 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Saturn♄ The ringed beauty is now its biggest and brightest during HRPO’s public time. Cadets will study the Saturnian system. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
8:30 pm to 13:00 pm: Saturn♄ Viewing The spacecraft Cassini has been doing seemingly endless loops and swoops around Saturn♄ and its moons, showing us things we’d never seen before. Well, from our vantage point on Earth♁, the angle of this planet’s majestic rings are widening by the month! This night Saturn♄ is in the constellation Ophuichus. This visit with Saturn♄ is bittersweet as Cassini is actually wrapping up its last year or so of Saturnian explorations. Weather permitting, viewing of Saturn♄ through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 29 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: LIGO—Fantastic Success After a second successful detection of a gravitational wave (a ripple in the fabric of space-time) Dr. Amber Stuver just couldn't resist coming back to share the better news. Who can blame her? [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, 30 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 9 Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample astronaut menus! [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 Cancer♋ at a maximum altitude of 77°. [No admission fee. For all ages. 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 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.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, July 1, 2016, 03:07 PM.