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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2020 - March

Wednesday 4 March

6:00 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 meeting (open to the public) is a sounding board for real-life solutions to the light pollution problem. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. Agenda begins at 6:15 pm.]

Friday 6 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 7 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Dwarf Planets It is a new category, but it still requires respect. Cadets will learn the members of the category and what lets them qualify. [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: Plus Night: “Baton Rouge’s Three Brightest Stars” 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 waxing gibbous Moon will be in the constellation Leo♌ at a maximum altitude of 71°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages. This is the last public viewing session before Daylight Time begins.]

Monday 9 March

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For thirty-five 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. Over the years BRAS members have published in “Astronomy,” “Sky & Telescope” and “Scientific American;” constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms; been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society; and entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. The speaker will be LSU mechanical engineering professor Manas Gartia, who will discuss keeping water potable on the newly-proposed Gateway lunar outpost. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 13 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Star Mergers In a first-time presentation at HRPO, LSU professor Manos Chatzopoulos will discuss the mechanism that create one of the most astounding events in the Universe—the merger of two stars into one. [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. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. [No admission fee. For all ages. This is the first public viewing session after Daylight Time begins.]

Saturday 14 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Pi Day This standalone, never-to-return session will be a two-hour whirwind of all things mathematical to await Cadets. Not only Pi but other special numbers like the “natural number” and the Hubble Constant, relationships like the Golden Ratio, games like the legendary game Nim, magic squares, Life…and a special all-numbers puzzle to obtain extra door prize tickets! [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. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. [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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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 04:45 PM.

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