Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - June

Friday, 2 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Constellation Learning The standardization of the sky into eighty-eight distinct named areas occurred in the early twentieth century, but some of these sections have their origins in antiquity! Patrons will learn the constellations that grace the Baton Rouge sky and receive advice on sketching these areas as a memory tool. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. Postponed from 12 May.]
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 66% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 61°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 3 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Jupiter♃ Not only is the king of the planets profiled for Cadets, but also its many and varied moons: one is the most volcanically-active body in the Solar System, another is the reddest! [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 75% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 57°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 9 June

7:45 pm to 9:45 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? There is no other time like twilight. Bring it into your life! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 10 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Distances in Space Miles and kilometers don’t cut it. Cadets will learn the concepts of the astronomical unit and the light-year, then apply them to real-life situations and demonstrations. [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 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 9°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 12 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 interested parties to attend.
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, 16 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Great American Eclipse Preview The 21 August solar eclipse is talk of every town in America! Do you still have time to plan a trip to the path of totality? If you stay in Baton Rouge, what will you see? The presentation will also cover safety guidelines for viewing the Sun☉. [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, 17 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Temperatures in Space The deathly cold of space reaches its bitter limit at just slightly above absolute zero. In other places, tens of millions of degrees of heat hold sway. Cadets will experience the ultimate temperature travelogue! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]

Saturday, 24 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.]

Friday, 30 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Local Astrophotography Glamour shots of the solar system, interstellar and intergalactic space will grace the screen as a variety of adept photographers exhibit their creations. [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 First Quarter Moon will be 51% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 53°. 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 Thursday, May 25, 2017, 09:57 AM.