Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - May

Friday, 5 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Moon Watching Earth’s closest celestial neighbor yields a wealth of optical delights. Ten or so maria with the unaided eye; dozens of binocular features; and untold amounts of mountains, dome fields and “ghost craters” revealed by the telescope. This presentation provides a checklist of basic named lunar locations along with tips and tricks to track down each 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. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be 79% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 64°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 6 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Galaxies The largest common structures in the Universe are composed of stars, nebulae and black holes. Each probably has it own vast collection of planets. Cadets will learn the shapes or origins of galaxies, and receive the short list of those galaxies visible from a backyard. [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 87% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 59°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 8 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 interested parties to attend.
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.]

Friday, 12 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Constellation Learning The standardization of the sky into eighty-eight distinct named areas occurred in the early twentieth century, but some of these sections have their origins in antiquity! Patrons will learn the constellations that grace the Baton Rouge sky and receive advice on sketching these areas as a memory tool. [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 96% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 4°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 13 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Constellations Hercules, Draco…and the rest! Cadets will learn through which constellations the Sun☉ and planets travel, through which the Milky Way can be seen, and which ones sadly are not viewable from Louisiana. [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: 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 gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 19 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Meteor Searching Many patrons who have visited HRPO for the Perseid and Geminid shower events have been bitten by the meteor bug! Happily, there’s no need to wait for those strict time spans. This presentation provides a list of step to take to increase the chance of spotting sporadic meteors, meteors associated with lesser showers…and even the visually-stunning fireballs! [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, 20 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Life Cycle of a Star They are born…they send out into their environs and beyond a massive amount of heat, light, ultraviolet and radio waves…then they expire, either with a bittersweet emitting of shells of gas, or an angry and massive explosion. Cadets will witness it all! [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.]

Friday, 26 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Reclaiming the Dark Sky The last six months of the 20/20 Vision Campaign will climax with HRPO’'s first Natural Sky Conference in November. This presentation will provide patrons with a set of tasks for helping the “major players” in town continue to understand and correct the problem. [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 crescent Moon will be 3% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 6°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 27 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 5 This mission lasted from June to December 2002. The crew members were Commander Valery Korzun with Peggy Whitson and Sergei Treschev. Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menus! [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 the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Taurus♉ at a maximum altitude of 81°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing: Jupiter♃ Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. The viewing session will give priority to the planet Jupiter♃. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be 8% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 19°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 09:32 AM.