Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2014 - November

Saturday, 1 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Observing the Universe: Eyes The instruments with which we were born reveal so much in the sky. [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be 72% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 53°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 7 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Comet Encounter at Mars The closest pass of a Solar System planet by a comet in recorded human history occurred last month. Comet Siding Spring captured the attention of astronomers the world over. The lastest data and images will be showcased. [Free admission. 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 gibbous Moon will be 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 46°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 8 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Observing the Universe: Telescopes If it was good enough for Galieo 400 years ago, it’s good enough for us! [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 94% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 10 November

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, 14 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 12 45th Anniversary Thirty-one hours and thirty-one minutes on the Moon! “Pete” Conrad and Alan Bean were the third and fourth men to walk on the Moon, performing two surface EVAs in the Ocean of Storms while Richard Gordon orbited above. The history continues with this Apollo series presented by HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop. [Free admission. 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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 15 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 4 Continuing our long-standing tradition of periodic “trips” to the ISS, Cadets will construct on a circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menus. [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 21 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Buying Your First Telescope So you're buying a scope (or a pair of binoculars) for a friend, family member or yourself. Have fun, but keep in mind that a good purchase means getting a scope with the right light-collecting ability—not to mention taking into account where it will be used and how often. Come learn the basics of good telescope shopping from B.R.A.S. President Merrill Hess. [Free admission. 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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 22 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Uranus and Neptune Cadets will study the tiltiest planet and the windiest planet. [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 Virgo at a maximum altitude of 52°. [Free admission. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit two 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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 24 November and Tuesday, 25 November

8:00 am to 5:00 pm both days: Fall Rocket Camp This year at Fall Rocket Camp, the rockets are the ubiquitous E2X and the patriotic Yankee (both pictured below). Children will need to bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration. A hat and sunscreen are strongly recommended. All camp materials are provided. [For ages nine to thirteen. $55 per in-parish Rocketeer; $66 per out-of-parish Rocketeer.]

Saturday, 29 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Amazing Alchemy Ages ago, wisened men attempted to turn lead into gold. Is it possible? [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 38% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 38°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:01:35 AM.