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 have 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 9:56pm 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, 14 July

10:00 am: Galaxies The massive conglomerations of stars, nebulae, (and perhaps, living beings?) are separated by enormous distances. They come in spiral, elliptical, and other varieties, seeming to stand still during the course of a Cadet’s lifetime…. [$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 gibbous Moon will be 95% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 2°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 16 July to Friday, 20 July

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Stargazers Camp (Session Three) 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, 20 July

7:30 pm: Multiple Star Systems Although many people do not know it, our Sun is rather odd in that it does not have a companion. Most stars in the universe come in pairs, trios and larger groups...all performing majestic dances of gravity. Come hear about these exotic objects from B.R.A.S .member Peter Lazar. [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, 21 July

10:00 am: Constellations There are patterns which serves as signposts to everything in the sky. From dominant Orion and Ursa Major to the more difficult-to-see Triangulum and Cancer, Cadets will explore the eighty-eight parts of the heavens. [$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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 23 July to Friday, 27 July

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Stargazers Camp (Session Four) 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, 27 July

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm: Cassini 10th Anniversary One decade of data gathering, amazing pictures and new discoveries will be celebrated with this amazing program of games, refreshments and more! Of course, viewing of Saturn and other celestial objects will take place, weather permitting. [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 28 July

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm: American Radio Relay League Field Day Amateur radio is invaluable during emergencies, allows people to socialize across great distances without a monthly bill, and is very useful when letting others know about oncoming inclement weather. Owen Garriot took the first amateur radio into space in 1983. Shannon Lucid used amateur radio while on the MIR space station. That's right...if you are a “ham”, it's possible to be listening and receive a “general call” from an astronaut in space! Come learn to send your name in Morse code, and find out everything you wanted to know about the Amateur Radio Service—including how to get your own license! Temporary stations will be set up on HRPO grounds as the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club takes part in this suspenseful national transmitting exercise! [Free admission. For ages eight and older.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, July 05, 2014 4:31:25 PM.