Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - May

Friday, 1 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Beliefs about UFOs Very often, an astronomer is asked whether he or she thinks there is life on other planets. Then there is that much different question... “Do you believe aliens have visited the Earth?”. For the seventh consecutive year C. Gary Pettigrew (recently retired from LSU's Religious Studies Program) gives the audience an intriguing perspective on why some of us want to believe the answer to that question is “yes”! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.] [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 96% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 44°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 2 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: The Dawn Spacecraft From discovering the “snowman” on Vesta to investigating the mysterious bright spots on Ceres, this spacecraft gives Cadets a lot to handle! [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 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 8 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Alien Abductions We’ve heard the bizarre stories…time lapses, weird experiments…the imparting of new knowledge. From where do these stories come? What do they actually represent? This is Dr. Pettigrew’s astounding, brand-new follow-up to his famous UFO lecture! [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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 9 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Venus It shines brilliantly this month, and Cadets will gain insight about this planet. [$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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 11 May

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. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 15 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Last Flight of Amelia Earhart She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air, and later set two speed records. She was brave and determined, and had a vision for a round-the-world flight. That flight would never be completed. What happened to Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan? Will we ever know? [No admission fee. For ages 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, 16 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 9 Along with an overview of this historic mission, Cadets will also sample the astronauts’ menus and work on a circuit board. [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 waxing 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, 22 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Asteriod Grand Challenge Announced in 2013, this challenge put forth by NASA focuses on bringing together partnerships with other government agencies, international partners, industry, academia and citizen scientists. The goal is to locate each and every asteroid which might be a hazard to life on Earth! [No admission fee. For ages 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 crescent Moon will be 26% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 42°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 23 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Forces of Nature—Gravity The weakest force of the Universe dictates so much of how our lives are lived. Cadets will unlock the secrets of gravity! [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 35% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 62°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 29 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: An Introduction to Venus At first glance, Venus is Earth's twin. They are similar in size, mass and distance from the Sun. But—Venus has no oceans and temperatures hot enough to melt lead! Come find out the other stunning facts that make this one of the most intriguing planets to study. [No admission fee. For ages 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 87% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 50°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 30 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Forces of Nature—Electromagnetism Two sides of the same coin working together to let us do work with engines, motors, dynamos and the like. Cadet will explore electromagnetism! [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 period. During this time the Sun will be in the constellation Taurus at a maximum altitude of 81°. [No admission fee. 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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 93% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 44°. 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 Saturday, May 02, 2015 5:57:27 PM.