Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - March

Thursday 1 March

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: GOES-S Launch Party Our wonderful weather data satellites continue their work with this latest orbit entry! Come watch the live video feed from the Kennedy Space Center. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Friday, 2 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Great Martian Apparition It’s happening. As Earth♁ speeds closer to it the Red Planet rises earlier, grows larger and shines brighter in the night. It will be seventeen years before it is this impressive again! [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 35°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 3 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Genetics How does our mother’s and our father’s chromosomes determine our height, hair color and skin tone? Will microgravity affect this process? Cadets will work Punnett square and so much more. Cadets will continue this incredible reconnaissance. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:00 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 94% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 22°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday, 7 March

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting B.R.A.S.’s open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky. Visitors this month will receive the results of the first Natural Sky Conference. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 9 March

5:30 pm to 7:30 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 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Exoplanets! The number of planets discovered orbiting other stars is now over 3500! Cadets will encounter the astonishing variety in other star systems. [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 Aquarius♒ at a maximum altitude of 56°. [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 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, 12 March

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.]

Wednesday 21 March

11:30 am to 1:00 pm: Expedition 55/56 Launch Party Oleg Artemyev, Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold are on their way to the International Space Station! Would you like to join us in the sendoff? [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Friday, 23 March

1:45 pm to 4:45 pm: Expedition 55/56 Docking/Hatch Opening Party Artemyev, Feustel and Arnold are scheduled to arrive at the ISS at this time. Once again, stop by. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Skygazing: A Pursuer’s Guide This special early lecture aimed toward students and families introduces the science hobby and outlines how print and online resources, and HRPO and B.R.A.S., can support a lifetime of intellectual and aesthetic fulfillment. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]
7:00 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 43% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 78°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 24 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Layers of the Earth♁ Crust, mantle, core. Cadets will learn how the plates of our home planet create mountains and volcanoes! [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 the waxing gibbous Moon will be 55% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 80°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 31 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cadet’s Choice Cadets know this session! The only time during the SA cycle the kids choose the topic! During the three previous sessions (3 March to 24 March), all attending Cadets vote for the 31 March topics. The votes are tallied, but the winning topic won't be revealed until today! [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 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 25°. 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 Monday, February 26, 2018, 11:34 AM.