Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - June

Friday, 3 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Martian Mystique The history, culture, imagination and science intertwined with the Red Planet informs our society in a way no other celestial object does. This presentation is an overview of the place Mars♂ holds in our lives. [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, 4 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Hot Air Balloons The Montgolfier brothers invented them, and from blimps to dirigibles to birthday parties they’ve enriched our lives. Cadets will make their own! [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 New Moon will be 0% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 2°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 10 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Gems and Minerals The Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society wowed the public during International Astronomy Day, and now it’s giving its first Friday night presentation at 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 38% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 51°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 11 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Kites and Parachutes These non-motorized flyers and gliders use weight, lift and other things to stay aloft, or to land softly. Cadets will investigate the history of kites and parachutes! [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 crescent Moon will be 48% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 63°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 13 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. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 17 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Cassini’s Grand Finale The lauded Cassini study of the Saturnian system has its days numbered, but it will not go gently! From now until about July of next year, Cassini will acquire some of the most important data in its thirteen years of action. [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 gibbous Moon will be 94% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 39°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 18 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Helicopters and Airplanes Heavier-than-air craft transformed human society and were a major intermediate step to space. Cadets will soar…in spirit, anyway! [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 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 33°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 25 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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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 09:52 AM.