Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - March

Friday, 6 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Pleiades—Jewels of the Sky B.R.A.S. President Merrill Hess will cover not only the science and beauty of the sky’s most famous cluster, but some of its mythological background as well. This talk has never been given during HRPO’s Lecture Series! [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 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, 7 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Ed Lu orbited the Earth from April to October 2003! Cadets will experience their work, eat their food and construct on the circuit board! [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 95% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 22°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 9 March

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, 13 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Rosetta Mission—Rendezvous with a Duck Rosetta landed a probe on comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko (which sort of resembles a duck with its two lobes) late last year. Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet's nucleus and to drop a controlled lander on its surface. It will also be the first to closely examine how a frozen comet is transformed by the heat of the Sun. In this talk LSU physics graduate student Kundan Kadam will be summarizing this truly historic mission and some exciting discoveries that the scientists have made so far! [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 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, 14 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Jupiter The King of the Planets is rising ever higher in Baton Rouge's night sky. The Galilean moons will perform all sorts of “tricks” this season. Cadets will investigate Jupiter before the Juno spacecraft does! [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 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, 27 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: An Introduction to Jupiter This begins the first of three suggested weekends during which the public should come see the famed gas giant, its legendary storm the Great Red Spot, and all four Galilean moons! Those moons are currently exhibiting incredible mutual interactions visible in a backyard telescope, and HRPO will outline the best of these upcoming events! [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 58% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 74°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 28 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Layers of the Earth This session hasn't seen light of day in so long, but Ms. Amy has dusted off the demos and experiments and put her own personal “spin” on them, so Cadets will delve into our home planet in what is basically a brand-new session! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm: NanoDays This is the sixth consecutive year of celebrating all things tiny! (Solar viewing will take place from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.) [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit two per adult purchaser.]
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 67° illuminated at a maximum altitude of 75°. 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, March 05, 2015 10:23:14 AM.