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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - July

Wednesday 3 July

6:15 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 month’s meeting will focus on creating a connection with local electricity-providing companies. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. New visitors will be seen as early as 6:00 pm.]

Friday 5 July

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Straw and Stomp Rocket Crafting Workshop This one-time straw and stomp rocket construction session from LaSpace commemorates the Apollo 11 Moon landing! [No admission fee. For ages four and older. RSVP mandatory.]
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm: The Edge of Night It’s not light, it’s not dark. It’s that special time called twilight, and HRPO wants to introduce you to it! Are all sections of the sky the same shade of blue? Which stars are seen first? Are Mercury☿ and Venus♀ or the Moon out? Is that moving object a plane, a satellite or space debris? Are crepuscular rays present? There is no other time like twilight. Bring it into your life! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 6 July

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: The Apollo Module This brand-new program will offer advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. This month, the Stem Expansion Group delves into the Apollo Missions with computer comparisons, games, quizzes, videos and constructions. [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 at a maximum altitude of 50°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 8 July

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Apollo 11: Where Were You? This month’s Baton Rouge Astronomical Society meeting honors one of the greatest achievements of mankind. BRAS members will present their recollections of that thrilling time in American history, when we did what none before us had done. Members of the general public are invited to share their memories. There will also be a screening of a classic NASA documentary on Apollo 11. [No admission fee. For ages for ages twelve and older.]

Tuesday 9 July

10:00 pm to 12:00 am: Saturnian Opposition Saturn♄ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Saturn♄ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Saturn♄, the Moon, Jupiter♃ and the asteroid Ceres will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Lunar Explorers This one-week-only session focuses on focuses on the scientific goals we’ve accomplished while getting to know our nearest neighbor! There will be simulated moondust, overviews of transcripts and audio from actual Moon landings, and previews of actual human beings headed back to the Moon, then on the Mars… [For ages eleven to thirteen. $120.00 per in-parish Camper; $144.00 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Friday 19 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 11: Mission of the Millennium Tom Northrop of BREC will present an extended highlighting of the trip that three men took—as the rest of the human species watched, waited, hoped and cheered. Assisted by the scientists and engineers and politicians and other supporters (and preceded by other brave astronauts who paved the way), Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins committed themselves to a goal that accelerated technological progress and elevated the human spirit. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]

Saturday 20 July

6:30 pm to 12:30 am: Apollo 11 Fiftieth Anniversary Party Of all the things we've done over the centuries, certainly setting foot onto another world for the first time qualifies as the most technologically savvy, foresighted and spiritually evocative. A fiftieth anniversary comes only once. Food, physical science demonstrations, hands-on activities, games (with chances to earn prizes), a sky tour and the possibility to view no fewer than seven satellites and rocket bodies crossing the night sky. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 26 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 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 27 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Back to Apollo Cadets investigate the greatest human trek in the history of the species. [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.]

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, July 10, 2019, 02:10 PM.

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