Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2014 - May

Saturday, 10 May

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm: International Astronomy Day Can it be our eighth consecutive year! Once again, HRPO will host visitors from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Civil Air Patrol, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and LIGO. There will be a homemade comet making session, a Scope-on-a-Rope session and a chemistry demonstration. There will be viewing (weather permitting) of the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Omega Centauri. Also, this will be the first time ever that the IAD event will host multiple robots from local U.S. First Robotics high school teams. Finally, there will be a raffle drawing for over $500 in prizes. Don’t miss out!

Friday, 16 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 10 45th Anniversary HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop continues the tradition of Apollo anniversary talk with his overview of humankind’s dress rehearsal for its first visit to the Moon! Mission Commander Thomas Stafford, Command Module Pilot John Young and Lunar Module Pilot Eugene Cernan—along with “Charlie Brown” and “Snoopy”—kept the world’s population enraptured and made Americans proud. [Free admission.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. [Free admission.]

Saturday, 17 May

10:00 am: Expedition 11 Our ongoing study of historic International Space Station expeditions continues. Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips lived and worked on board from April to October of 2005. Once again, Cadets will sample the ISS menu and work on the ever-popular circuit board! [$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. [Free admission.]

Friday, 23 May

7:30 pm: A Potential New Meteor Shower The Geminids and Perseids are the major meteor showers of the year, but the Camelopardalids? During this weekend, Baton Rougeans may be treated to a brand new sky display caused by the debris of Comet P/209 LINEAR! This lecture will instruct local skywatchers in how to increase the chance of seeing as much as possible of this exciting, potentially dazzling event. Hint…take a nap this afternoon! [Free admission.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. [Free admission.]

Saturday, 24 May

10:00 am: Galaxies The massive conglomerations of stars, nebulae (and perhaps, living beings?) are separated by enormous distances. They come in spiral, elliptical and other varieties, seeming to stand still during the course of a Cadet’s lifetime…. [$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 period. [Free admission. Solar viewers available for $1.50.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. [Free admission.]

Wednesday, 28 May

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Launch: Expedition 40/41 This launch takes place at Baikonur. Patrons are welcome to watch the live broadcast on HRPO’s LCD monitor. Reid Wiseman, Maxim Suraev and Alexander Gerst will be going into space on board Soyuz 39. Launch is scheduled for 2:57 pm CDT. Any delay or postponement is not the doing of HRPO. [Free admission.]

Friday, 30 May

7:30 pm: The Amateur Radio Service Learn how to become part of the original social medium! Emergency back-up communications, contact awards and making new friends all await you at this overview of the history of a decades-old traditional still practiced by over a half-million people in North America alone. “Ham radio” is an excellent pasttime for adults and children alike! [Free admission.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. [Free admission.]

Saturday, 31 May

10:00 am: Constellations There are patterns which serves as signposts to everything in the sky. From dominant Orion and Ursa Major to the more difficult-to-see Triangulum and Cancer, Cadets will explore the eighty-eight parts of the heavens. [$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. [Free admission.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:21:06 AM.