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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2020 - November

ALERT: All in-person programming will have Phase 3 guidelines that patrons must follow if they are to remain on site. These guidelines are accessible at the front page of this website. If Phase 4 guidelines are issued after this posting HRPO may alter in-person programming accordingly.
NOTICE: This listing is for in-person programming only. Remote programming will be listed elsewhere.

Friday 6 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 7 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Weather Forecasting Sun☉ 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. Limit twelve.]
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 Last Quarter Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 13 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 14 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Clouds Clouds should be appreciated. From the glowing beauty of the noctilucents to the clunky, imposing lenticulars…clouds are Cadets’ friends! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
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 41°. [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 New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 20 November

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 21°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 21 November

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion 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. Limit twelve.]
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 will be at a maximum altitude of 38°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 23 November and
Tuesday 24 November

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Fall Space Exploration Camp This session returns in a truncated form due to the continuing virus shutdown. [For ages nine to thirteen. $25.00 per in-parish Explorer; $30.00 per out-of-parish Explorer. Limit twelve.]

Saturday 28 November

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Storms! There are the cute spring showers that wet the garden’s whistle and keep us indoor reading. Then there are the violent lightning-bringers that have spotters reporting via ham radio and local forecasters issuing warnings. Cadets know—storms are never dull! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Plus Night: “Gemini 7” 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 at a maximum altitude of 70°. 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 Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 10:51 AM.

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