Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - November

Friday, 6 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Brushy Creek Crater Paul Heinrich of LSU will discuss the investigation leading him and his colleagues to an actual impact crater just northeast of Baton Rouge! [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, 7 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mercury ☿ It’s the swiftest planets, but Cadets will try to keep up with this fast-paced session focusing on data from the MESSENGER and tips on how to view Mercury! [$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, 9 November

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, 13 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Buying a First Telescope Purchasing a telescope requires knowing who will use it, where it will be used and what the main celestial targets will be. Patrons will learn tips and tricks to increase the likelihood of a good buy. Patrons will also be introduced to a variety of telescopes firsthand. [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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 14 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Uranus ♅ and Neptune ♆ They are slightly inaccessible and slightly mysterious, but Cadet’s will unlock the clues to the most distant planets in our Solar System. [$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 11% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 3°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 20 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Lives and Deaths of Stars Young blues, middle-aged yellows, and ancient reds. Professor Juhan Frank will help the audience discover amazing stellar secrets during a visually fascinating trip through the billion-year lives of stars. [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 71% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 54°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 21 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 2 From March to August 2001 Commander Yuri Usachev, with Susan Helms and James Voss performed duties at the International Space Station. Cadets will learn about their mission, build on the circuit board and sample the ISS menu! [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 gibbous Moon will be 81% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 61°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 23 November and Tuesday, 24 November

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Fall Rocket Camp The rockets this go-round will be the never-before-used Star Trooper and the always-popular Alpha III! [For ages nine to thirteen. $55.00 per in-parish Rocketeer; $66.00 per out-of-parish Rocketeer.]

Saturday, 28 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Weather Forecasting Clouds and rain, snow and ice. Heat waves, fog banks and twisters. Cadets will learn the basic symbols and techniques of the craft of weather-watching. [$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 Scorpius at a maximum altitude of 38°. [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 waning gibbous Moon will be 87% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 21°. 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 Thursday, October 29, 2015, 03:33 PM.