Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - November

Friday 2 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 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, 3 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Computer Languages The last session of this new series introduces Cadets to the languages that mediate between our English (or other spoken words) and computers’ binary. [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 6 November

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm: Mercurian Elongation Periodically Mercury☿ reaches its greatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun☉. This is the safest way to view Mercury☿ by amateurs. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex! The planet will appear as a “half-Mercury☿.” Mars♂ and Saturn♄ will also be seen. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Wednesday 7 November

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 discuss discuss preparations for next month’s Natural Sky Conference. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 9 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, BRAS members and LSU physics professors and students talk to those organizations in the area who have the greatest ability to curb light pollution. [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

Saturday, 10 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House I The first of this three-session series has Cadets focus on how the motion of water can be transformed into energy for families and businesses. [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 12% 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 16 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, 17 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House II In this second of the three-part series, Cadets investigate our constant companion’s contribution to renewable energy here on Earth♁. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Participation in the first session not a requirement.]
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 40°. [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 be 73% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 52°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 19 November and
Tuesday 20 November

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Fall Space Exploration Camp The inaugural session of this brand-new Camp (taking the place of Rocket Camps) will focus on engineering. Explorers will look at bridge construction, and launch the Quark and Viking chemical rockets. They will also receive information on the InSight Lander (just getting to Mars♂) and next month’s Geminid Meteor Shower. [For ages nine to thirteen. $57.00 per in-parish Explorers; $68.40 per out-of-parish Explorers.]

Saturday, 24 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House III In this last of the three-part series, Cadets study the possibilities of wind energy. How practical is it? Can it be stored? [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Participation in the first session not a requirement.]
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 38°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 26 November

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm: InSight Landing Party The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has sent word to HRPO that InSight will land on Mars♂ at 1:54 pm CST on this day. As is tradition, HRPO will host a party celebrating live yet another NASA accomplishment! Solar viewing (weather permitting) along with Martian activities and demonstrations will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments. All merchandise ten percent off for duration of party.]

Friday 30 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Exoplanets! For his very first presentation, 20OGS operator Jordan Cobbs will survey the various manners in which we search for planets around other stars, and he will provide notable examples! [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.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the B.R.A.S. Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for publication time.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, October 29, 2018, 11:11 AM.