Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - November

Friday, 4 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Life on Exoplanets Earth♁ is the only place in the Universe harboring life—as far as we know. This is surprising as the Universe is unfathomably vast. While few professional astronomers would describe themselves as “alien hunters,” there are many who are involved in the search for life out in the stars, including exobiologists and planetary scientists. In this talk from LSU graduate student Tyler Ellis we will discuss the idea of life beyond Earth♁ as presented in fiction while constraining our wildest imaginations within the realms of what is known about life here. [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 24% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 18°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 5 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Planetary Missions Named for… Cassini, Magellan, Galileo. Their names are legendary, and now the missions named for them are, too! Cadets will learn about robotic trips to Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. [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 be 33% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 34°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 11 November

4:45 pm to 6:45 pm: The Edge of Night It’s not light, it’s not dark. It’s that special time called twilight, and HRPO wants to introduce you to it! Are all sections of the sky the same shade of blue? Which stars are seen first? Are Mercury☿ and Venus♀ or the Moon out? Is that moving object a plane, a satellite or space debris? How much actual darkness should I expect in a light-polluted city when twilight has passed? What are crepuscular rays, and are any in the sky right now? There is no other time like twilight. Bring it into your life! [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

Saturday, 12 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Observatories Named for… Hubble… Chanda… two men who with their genius opened up new windows onto the Universe. Cadets will learn about the great orbiting detectors named for them. [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 Full Moon will be 97% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 65°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 14 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 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, 18 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Antikythera Mechanism A box fill with dozens of bronze gears and dating to ˜100BC was found in a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera. Astonishingly it is nothing less than an analog computer that calculates many astronomical and calendrical events—the phases of the Moon, the dates of eclipses, a full lunar calendar with added months, a full solar calendar, weather predictions, the positions of all the planets in the sky—even the dates of the Olympic games! Who was the great genius who made the Mechanism? Why was the Mechanism completely lost to history with no one building upon this stunning success? Professor Brad Schaefer probes the mystery. [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, 19 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Deep Space Missions Named for… Herschel… Fermi… James Webb. These are the craft that are and will probe the deepest reaches of the observable Universe. Cadets will learn about the visions of these men, and the vision the telescopes bring to us! [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 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, 21 November and Tuesday, 22 November

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Fall Rocket Camp The rocket this go-round will be the ever-thrilling two-stage Mongoose! [For ages nine to thirteen. $55.00 per in-parish Rocketeer; $66.00 per out-of-parish Rocketeer.]

Saturday, 26 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cadet’s Choice Only once or twice per year does it happen. The Cadet’s choose the topic for the session! None of them know what topics got the most votes until this very day. Want your child’s vote to count? Register him or her for any of the previous three SA sessions; the ballots are available then! [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 Scorpius♏ at a maximum altitude of 38°. [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 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.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, November 4, 2016, 01:25 PM.