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Calendar of Events 2019 - November

Friday 1 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Medical Imaging In this brand-new lecture Professor Joyoni Dey of LSU will briefly illustrate the physics behind X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound. She will show case examples of phase contrast X-ray imaging (where interference of X-rays are used to image their phase-shift while propagating through the human body). [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 at a maximum altitude of 17°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 2 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Galaxies The largest common structures in the Universe are composed of stars, nebulae and black holes. Each probably has it own vast collection of planets. Cadets will learn the shapes or origins of galaxies, and receive the short list of those galaxies visible from a backyard. [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 First Quarter Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 6 November

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRASopen house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This meeting (open to the public) is a sounding board for real-life solutions to the light pollution problem. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. Agenda begins at 6:15 pm.]

Friday 8 November

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 12 Fiftieth Anniversary The Apollo anniversary overall has been quite fun…and also introspective. Tom Northrop will be opening one of the older history books at HRPO to discuss the flight of Charles Conrad, Alan Bean and Richard Gordon. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing FWeather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 9 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Earth Orbit Trips I/Electrical Behavior I This standalone, never-to-return-again series of sessions (each about a month apart) will focus on the space stations and satellites that orbit our home planet, and a collection of electricity demonstrations. Cadets who participates in sessions I, II and III will receive a special notation on their next certificates! [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. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 11 November

6:00am to 1:00 pm: Transit of Mercury☿ A “transit” is the phenomenon of viewing a smaller body crossing in front of a larger one. On Veterans Day, for the first time in nine-and-a-half years, the disk of Mercury☿ will traverse the disk of the Sun☉. A Transit of Mercury☿ is not visible to the unaided eye. At least 30x magnification is needed to easily see the phenomenon. Several telescopes (at least six) will be in operation on HRPO grounds. HRPO will be open for the duration of the event. The Sun☉ will actually be rising here in Baton Rouge as the transit gets started! CAUTION: Viewing a Transit across the Sun☉ can be dangerous for one’s eyesight if not performed correctly. The BRAS Forum thread lists a number of safe ways to view the transit (and actually, to view the Sun☉ in general). Do not use sunglasses, do not attempt to use your hand to cover a portion of the Sun☉, and do not attempt to “glance quickly” in the direction of the Sun☉. At any rate, a Transit of Mercury☿ is not visible to the unaided eye. [No admission fee. For all ages.]
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For thirty-five years BRAS 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. Over the years BRAS members have published in “Astronomy,” “Sky & Telescope,” and “Scientific American;” constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms; been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society; and entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 15 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 16 November

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion: “Astrobiology” This program offers advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years (and some never performed on site) take place. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 22 November

6:00 pm to 9:00 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 23 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Constellations The patterns have stayed with our culture and our families throughout the millenia. They help us find our way. Cadets will learn where they originated, and the special celestial objects in each. [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. [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. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Sunday 30 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Life Cycle of a Star Yes—they are born, and they die…just like us. Most follow a set traditional patterns; others have strange lives that rival anything found in science fiction. Cadets will immerse themselves in the famous H-R Diagram! [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. 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 BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, October 28, 2019, 11:53 AM.

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