Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - October

Friday, 2 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Uranus and Neptune One has an incredible tilt, the other has the strongest wind gusts in the Solar System! The farthest gas giants are described, with their moons and missions. [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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 3 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Moon Missions and myths, future travels and viewing from home…Cadets will know the Moon! [$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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 9 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: South Pole Science Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Delaware, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station housing scientists performing research in seismology, horticulture, air quality, and (yes) physics and astronomy. BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop presents the exciting story of the station at which Americans have worked continuously since November 1956. [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, 10 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: How to Darken a Sky The people have spoken. Skygazing and space enthusiasts in the local area want to see more stars—and the Milky Way. Cadets will learn fun activities for home use to help eradice light pollution and bring back the glorious night! [$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 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, 12 October

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting In conjunction with the 20/20 Vision Campaign, B.R.A.S. has initiated this open house and invites all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky to participate.
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. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 16 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Mysteries in Cosmic Dust LSU professor Geoff Clayton presents a first for HRPO! The study of interstellar and extragalactic dust reveals much about the Milky Way and its components. [No admission fee. 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 15% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 8°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 17 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 1 It all begins here, with the historic first mission to the International Space Station. Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample the ISS menu! [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 23% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 26°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 23 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Solar Cycle 24 Though not as intense as many, the current solar cycle generated splendid sunspots and flares, CMEs and radio blackouts and lovely aurorae. Is the All Quiet Event heralding the end? When should we expect Cycle 25? [No admission fee. 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 84% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 54°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 24 October

6:0 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, 30 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Spring 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 gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 31 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. $5.00 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 period. During this time the Sun will be in the constellation Virgo at a maximum altitude of 45°. [No admission fee. 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 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.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, September 28, 2015 9:48:51 AM.