Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - June

Friday, 5 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: NASA Spinoff Technology HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop gives the audience an overview of the fascinating objects and technology that developed as a direct result of the American Space Program. Many of these devices and materials may be at the doctor's office, the mall—some might even be in your home! [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 gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 6 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Forces of Nature—Nuclear They only work at very small scales, but we owe our very existence to them. Cadets will explore the nuclear forces! [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 gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 8 June

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. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 12 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Universe Through X-Ray Glasses For over a dozen years the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has orbited Earth, giving us a unique view of areas of the Universe where high magnetic fields or extreme gravity dominate. LSU physics professor Rob Hynes tells us what all of the data means, and how it can shed light on the evolution of the Universe! [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, 13 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 10 As usual, this historical review of the early years of the International Space Station will allow Cadets to work on the circuit board and sample the astronauts' menus. [$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.]

Friday, 19 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Amateur Radio Service This precursor to ARRL Field Day introduces the Radio Service to the novice! Socializing, contests and emergency support all are part of this venerable tradition. Learn how you and your family can take part. [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 crescent Moon will be 13% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 25°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 20 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: New Horizons 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.]
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 20% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 46°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 26 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: In Search of Dark Skies All around us we see few stars, and most children have never seen the Milky Way Galaxy! However, there is a straightforward and easy-to-initiate solution to return the nature of space to our homes and towns… [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 74% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 48°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 27 June

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm: American Radio Relay League Field Day Come join us for participation in the original “social medium”! Learn to send your name in Morse, contact “hams” in other states and find out more about the hobby practiced by hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. alone! There will also be solar viewing and evening sky viewing during this time. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, June 05, 2015 11:28:25 AM.