Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - March

Tuesday 1 March

3:15 pm to 7:15 pm: End of the One-Year Mission Scott Kelly is returning to Earth after twelve months in low-Earth orbit! The farewell, hatch closure and undocking from the International Space Station will be followed live via NASA-TV, while HRPO personnel provide drinks and refreshments during the viewing. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 4 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Chinese Calendar Professor John Henderson returns for his information presention of a lunisolar calendar traditionally used by hundreds of millions. [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, 5 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Deep Space Objects I Deep-space objects includes those things outside of our Solar☉ System. Cadet’s will learn about the variety of stars (such as variables) during this session. [$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, 11 March

5:45 pm to 7:45 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.]
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 16°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 12 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Deep Space Objects II A large portion of this session will be devoted to the beautiful nebulae. Is that all? Can Cadets think of other types of objects beyond the Oort Cloud? [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 22% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 35°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 14 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, 18 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Juno to Jupiter♃ The most massive object in the Solar☉ System aside from the Sun☉, yet it makes one complete rotation in less than ten Earth hours! And now, after almost five years of travel, a spacecraft sent from Earth♁ will investigate it! [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 83% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 74°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages. This begins the HRPO viewing sessions during Daylight Time.]

Saturday, 19 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 6 From November 2002 to May 2003 Commander Kenneth Bowersox, with Nikolai Budarin and Don Pettit performed duties at the International Space Station. Cadets will learn about their mission, build on the circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menu with Ms. Hayley! [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 waning gibbous Moon will be 89% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 67°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 25 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Dating the Crucifixion It is one of the most profound events to influence Western history. Can ancient texts and the motions of the Universe help pinpoint the actual date? For the tenth consecutive year, LSU physics professor Brad Schaefer returns for Good Friday and leads the audience step-by-step through the investigation in this, one of the most intriguing lectures in HRPO history! [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 94% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 6°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 26 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Names and Catalogs The catalogs of astronomy help Cadets find stuff! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Solar Viewing Weather permitting, safe viewing of the Sun☉ in three different manners will occur. During this time the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Pisces♓ at a maximum altitude of 62°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four 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 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.]

Tuesday, 29 March and Wednesday, 30 March

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Spring Rocket Camp The rockets this go-round will be the trusty E2X and the very tall Sky Writer! [For ages nine to thirteen. $55.00 per in-parish Rocketeer; $66.00 per out-of-parish Rocketeer.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, February 26, 2016, 03:41 PM.