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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - June

Saturday 1 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Jupiter♃ Cadets investigate the Solar System in the first of a series of three planet-related sessions. First, the Galilean moons and the Great Red Spot give up their secrets. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Any Cadets attending “Jupiter♃” will receive one extra door prize ticket during “Mercury☿” on the 8th.]
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.]

Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: AstroPros 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 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 eight- to ten-year-olds. [For ages eight to ten. $120.00 per in-parish Camper; $144.00 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Wednesday 5 June

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 include a second review of the outline of November's upcoming third annual Natural Sky Conference, and the recent good news regarding section 6I of BREC’s Environmental Sustainability Policy. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older. New visitors will be seen as early as 6:00 pm.]

Saturday 8 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mercury☿ This is the second in a series of Solar System planet session. Cadets will race to catch the swiftest planet, learning the most notable features and its outrageous day/night progression. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Any Cadets who have attended “Jupiter♃” and “Mercury☿” will receive two extra door prize tickets during “Saturn♄” on the 29th.]
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 37% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 66°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Sunday 9 June

9:45 pm to 11:45 pm: Jovian Opposition Jupiter♃ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Jupiter♃ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Jupiter♃ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Monday 10 June to Friday 14 June

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Astro Starters This in the introductory session. 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. NOTE: This is an educational camp. There will be no nap time. [For ages six and seven. $120.00 per in-parish Camper; $144.00 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Monday 10 June

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For over thirty years BRAS 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. BRAS members have published in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and Scientific American. BRAS members have constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms. BRAS members have entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. BRAS members have been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. BRAS member Merrill Hess will demonstrate the cleaning of a telescope’s primary mirror (postponed from May). [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 14 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Great Red Spot The latest observations show that the Great Red Spot may be losing its outer edges to the South Equatorial Belt. The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society will explain the origin of the GRS, discuss how to view it and explain the implications of this stunning development. [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 40°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 15 June

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Apollo—First Module This brand-new program will offer advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. This month, the Overview & Expansion Group delves into the Apollo Missions (from 1 to 11) 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.]

Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Forces of Nature Explorers This one-week-only session focuses on the four forces of nature—the weak nuclear force, the strong nuclear force, gravity and the electromagnetic spectrum (gamma rays, x-rays, ultraviolet, color, infrared, microwaves and radio). Campers will investigate the spacecraft and instruments studying these forces, perform indoor and outdoor experiments demonstrating the presence of these forces in our lives and build basic devices connected to these inquiry! There will be special guests throughout the week to explain the process for obtaining an Amateur Radio Service license. [For ages eleven to thirteen. $120.00 per in-parish Camper; $144.00 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Saturday 22 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 be viewing of the Sun☉, Mercury☿, and Jupiter♃. The gorgeous Renaissance Sundial will be installed and active. There will also be a special display demonstrating the role of amateur radio during the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: AstroPros 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 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 eight- to ten-year-olds. [For ages eight to ten. $120.00 per in-parish Camper; $144.00 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Friday 28 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Journeys to the Moon Since antiquity, humankind has been voyaging to the Moon with imagination and curiosity. This presentation introduces the beginner to making his or her own observations. Neither a rocket nor a spacecraft is required! [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 29 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Saturn♄ Cadets will investigate the data sent back by Voyager and Cassini, and get a list of viewing dates for the ringed beauty. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Cadets who attended both “Jupiter♃” and “Mercury☿” will receive three door prize tickets instead of one. Cadets who attended only one earlier June session will receive two door prize tickets instead of one.]
7:0 pm to 10:00 pm: Asteroid Day Spearheaded by BRAS, this annual local celebration at HRPO of the worldwide event will provide for patrons information on the origins of asteroids, viewing them and their danger to Earth♁. Hands-on demonstrations and activities will focus on the “minor planets.” [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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