Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - November

Friday, 3 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Buying Your First Telescope Please don’t buy a scope (especially as a gift for another) without doing some research first. Whether a scope is a good first telescope for someone depends on that person’s age and what he or she will tend to view most (the Moon and planets, or star clusters and nebulae). In almost every situation, a good scope will have to be mail-ordered. HRPO’s annual discussion of this issue increases the patron’s chance of getting the best deal for the money, and increases the chance of the gift being used on a regular basis. [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 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 35°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 4 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 9 This Expedition ran from April to October 2004. Seeing only unmanned cargo vehicles, Commander Gennady Padalka and Astronaut Mike Fincke accomplished many important tasks, including conducting a spacewalk to restore a key control system. Cadets will also sample the astronauts’ menus and work on a circuit board. [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 gibbous Moon will be 95% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday, 8 November

5:45 pm to 6:30 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. Visitors this month will receive the “next-to-final” schedule for Baton Rouge’s first-ever Natural Sky Conference, taking place later this month. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 10 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? There is no other time like twilight. Bring it into your life! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 11 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Uranus♅ and Neptune♆ The Ice Giants of the Solar System…far away, but their distinctive tints are unmistakeable in a telescope. Where did they originate? What would they be like if seen up close? Cadets will know these, and more! [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 Libra♎ at a maximum altitude of 42°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
7:00 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, 13 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, 17 November

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Natural Sky Conference Quite possibly the most important three hours a stakeholder will spend at HRPO this year will be this networking conference allowing HRPO parents, B.R.A.S. members and LSU physics professors and students talk to those organizations in the area who have the greatest ability to curb light pollution. This inaugural year will see support and presence from the Baton Rouge Audubon Society! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. Binocular recommended.]

Saturday, 18 November

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 New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 20 November and
Tuesday, 21 November

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Fall Rocket Camp The rockets this go-round will be the stalwart Alpha III and the first-ever Spaceloft. Beginning this session, HRPO personnel will include a STEM activity connected to space exploration. The STEM activity this fall is blood typing. [For ages nine to thirteen. $57.00 per in-parish Rocketeer; $68.40 per out-of-parish Rocketeer.]

Monday, 20 November

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Moon-Mercury☿-Saturn♄ Conjunction The grouping of three wondrous denizens of the Solar System takes place this evening only! [This viewing session will take place at the Burbank Soccer Complex. No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, November 13, 2017, 10:25 AM.