Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - March

Friday, 1 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 9 50th Anniversary Commander James McDivitt, Command Module pilot David Scott and Lunar Module pilot Russell Schweickart comprised the crew of Apollo 9 in 1969. Their mission was to test the components and behavior of the Lunar Module in Earth♁ orbit; this included operating the LM independently. HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop recounts the mission. [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, 2 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Historic Experiments I History repeats itself, as the genius of Kepler and Galileo is made manifest during this fun kickoff of a month-long series! [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.]

Wednesday, 6 March

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRAS’ open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This month’s meeting will include a preliminary outline of this November’s third-annual Natural Sky Conference and the current state of BREC’s Environmental Sustainability Policy, and suggestions for the third recipient of BRAS’s Good Lighting Award. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 8 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, 9 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Historic Experiments II History repeats itself, as the genius of Newton and Watt is made manifest in the second of a three-part focus on the past! [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 11% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 17°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 11 March

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 mirror during this meeting. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 15 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Life Cycle of a Star BRAS member Merrill Hess takes the audience through the creation of those celestial objects capable of nuclear fusion, and the different ways their lives can end. [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 68% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 81°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 16 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Historic Experiments III History repeats itself, as the genius of Ohm and Priestley is made manifest in the final part of a review of the science that got us where we are 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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 78% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 80°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 22 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Zodiac Dreams The popular culture aspects of the Zodiac are fascinating. How do they relate to the reality of the Ecliptic and the Zodiac? How does one find the Ecliptic and the Zodiac in the sky? [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 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 23 March

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Overview and Expansion This brand-new program will offer advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration.]
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.]

Saturday, 30 March

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Small Things Move Faster LSU physics professor Mette Gaarde will explain how laser pulses are used to make videos of electrons. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm: NanoDays All things tiny are placed at the forefront in this celebration of nanotechnology! Several demonstrations and activities will introduce families and engineering enthusiasts to this fast-growing section of science. [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]
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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [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 publication time.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:13 AM.