Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - May

Wednesday 2 May

8:30 am to 10:00 am: CRS-14 Release Party The release of the CRS-14 cargo craft, destined to burn up in the Earth♁’s atmosphere, will be broadcast live on NASA-TV. Please join us for this fun and informative session. Weather permitting, solar viewing will occur simultaneously. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments. Merchandise ten percent off.]

Saturday, 5 May

5:00 am to 8:00 am: InSight Launch Party The launch of the first mission to study the interior of Mars♂ is officially the beginning of HRPO’s Martian season. Please join us for this fun and informative session. Weather permitting twilight viewing of Jupiter♃, Saturn♄, the Moon and Mars♂ will occur simultaneously. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments. Merchandise ten percent off.]
10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Jupiter♃ The King of the Planets continues to amaze with the new imagery and data from Juno! Cadets will investigate! [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.]

Tuesday 8 May

9:30 pm to 11:30 pm: Jovian Opposition Jupiter♃ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Jupiter♃ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Jupiter♃ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Wednesday, 9 May

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting B.R.A.S.’s open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky. This month’s meeting will include the results of initial coordination with LSU to attempt a reduce of light pollution on its main campus. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Saturday, 12 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Colonizing the Moon For the human species to survive, we must spread out! Cadets will encounter the first of a brand-new trio of sessions. [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.]

Monday, 14 May

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, 18 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Our Birth Stars No—not the “birth of stars,” but what exactly is a “birth star?” It is that star whose light produced around the time your were born is just reaching Earth♁. Of course, as we age the star changes. Introduce yourself to a lifetime of birth stars and learn how to see them! [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 have a maximum altitude of 34°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 19 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Colonizing Mars♂ The second of this brand-new series focuses on what is no less the Planet of the Year! Cadets will study the current opposition and how we use this special time to visit Mars♂! [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 have a maximum altitude of 59°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 25 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Commercial Space Exploration As NASA breaks ground with people in orbit, living in space, travels to the Moon…and beyond…commercial companies have are always there, building the hardware to make it possible. Now some companies are tentatively following in NASA’s historic footsteps to begin the commercialization of low-Earth orbit. HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop has all the details! [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 have a maximum altitude of 53°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 26 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Colonizing “Beyond” This session is the most speculative of the series. Cadets will estimate where we'll be in the Solar System and when, and how many of us could live in each location. [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 80°. [No admission fee. For all ages. 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 have a maximum altitude of 46°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Tuesday 29 May

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Meeting Eight decades ago Baton Rouge saw a vision initiated. “Ham” or amateur radio is the originial social medium, open to all ages old enough to understand and pass a multiple-choice test. Join BRARC as they visit HRPO to formalize plans for this year’s ARRL Field Day. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Please also check the front page for special celestial events or live broadcasts that did not make posting time for this list.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, May 3, 2018, 02:50 PM.