Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2014 - October

Friday, 3 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Perspective on Climate Change WAFB Chief Meteorologist Jay Grymes has presented lectures here at HRPO for years, with topics ranging from hurricanes to lighting to El Niño. Now he tackles a topic which has been in the news for quite some time. [Free admission. For ages 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 gibbous Moon will be 75% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 46°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 4 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Infrared, Microwaves and Radio Waves Cadets finish this three-week unit with the section of the electromagnetic spectrum that brings us communication. [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be 84% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 50°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Wednesday, 8 October

3:30 am to 6:30 am: Total Lunar Eclipse Overnight excitement at HRPO as we open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events! While in the constellation Pisces, the Moon will enter the Earth’s shadow, turning darker and darker—and then ???. The actual color can range from dark brown to red to bright orange to yellow, depending on the current state of the Earth’s atmosphere. Don’t miss it! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 10 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Oddities of Outer Space Which theories, objects and phenomena of the Universe make us shudder, stare and wonder? This brand-new talk is perfect for the season. [Free admission. For ages 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 91% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 16°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 11 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 3 Continuing our long-standing tradition of periodic “trips” to the ISS, Cadets will construct on a circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menus. [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 period. During this time the Sun will be in the constellation Virgo at a maximum altitude of 52°. [Free admission. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit two 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 gibbous Moon will be 84% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 7°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 13 October

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 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Fall Sky HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette will take the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge's autumn season. She’ll highlight the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months—gems visitors will be able to see live if they continue to visit HRPO! [Free admission. For ages 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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 18 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Fall Day This stand-alone session allows Cadets to dive into demos and experiments not usually used for SA, while giving Ms. Amy a much-needed break. [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Thursday, 23 October

3:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Partial Solar Eclipse HRPO personnel will be at the Burbank Soccer Complex for the duration of the event. There will be telescopes set up at the back of the Complex between the pond and the dog park. These designated viewing devices will be marked for convenience. [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 24 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Great World Wide Star Count Every fall, citizen scientists from around the globe take part in an exercise aimed at counting the stars in Cygnus the Swan. Has your area lost stars, or reclaimed them? B.R.A.S. members present this light pollution task to HRPO’s audience. [Free admission. For ages 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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 25 October

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm: The Spooky Spectrum Come visit on this night—if you dare—as HRPO delves into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics. We'll have creepy science demonstrations, some of which we've never used. And don't forget the stories. Strange sky phenomena…extra dimensions… extraterrestrials. Be warned—we want to make you think! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 31 October

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing As a special “treat”, there will be only viewing this evening, so families can come by during tonight’s festivities. Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be 61% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 49°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, October 02, 2014 11:40:35 AM.