Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - May

Friday, 6 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Crash of the Hindenburg Over seventy-five years ago floating hotels adorned the skies over North America and Europe. This classy and leisurely mode of transportation effectively ended with a horrifying, flaming wreckage in New Jersey. What happened? [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 New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 7 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Dry Ice Time! This wonderful substance has so many experiments associated with it, we gave it its own session. Cadets will see it do and cause a lot of things—but we won’t eat it! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing (Jupiter♃) Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. This viewing session has a unique time in order to take advantage of the relatively high altitude of the planet Jupiter♃. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be 3% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 5°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 9 May

6:00 am to 2:00 pm: Transit of Mercury☿ This strange and evocative event occurs only about a dozen times per century, and not all can be seen from Baton Rouge! Do your level best to show up during Mercury’s☿ trek across the Sun☉, and tell your family, friends and co-workers. If the 2019 event has bad weather, this is the last Mercury☿ transit seen from Baton Rouge for over thirty years! [No admission fee. For all ages.]
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. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Saturday, 14 May

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm: International Astronomy Day Exhibitors, rides, games, food, music and science are the ingredients in this gumbo! Quite possibly the largest IAD celebration this side of Houston celebrates its tenth anniversary, and we’re marking the occasion with the most expensive raffle prize to date! [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]

Friday, 27 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Amateur Radio Service For over one hundred years the original “social medium” has allowed family and friends to keep in touch with no monthly fee! LSU physics professor Dana Browne provides a historical framework for understanding the communication modes that are, in their own way, more powerful than the internet! [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, 28 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 7 From April to October 2003 Commander Yuri Malenchenko with Ed Lu (there were only two!) performed duties at the International Space Station. Cadets will learn about their mission, build on the circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menu with Ms. Hayley! [$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, 30 May

8:00 pm to 12:00 am: Mars’♂ Closest Approach It happens only every two years! The speedier Earth♁ catches up with the slower Mars♂, resulting in a large and bright apparition of the fourth planet. If the sky is clear and steady, there is a good chance patrons will see a polar cap! [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 11:48 AM.