Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - October

Saturday, 1 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Sun☉ Active regions are still present on the Sun☉! Cadets will learn about our home star. [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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 7 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Commercial Space Exploration As NASA breaks ground with people in orbit, living in space, travels to the Moon…and beyond…commercial companies are always there, building the hardware to make it possible. Now some companies are tentatively following in NASA’s historic footsteps to begin the commercialization of low-Earth orbit. HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop has all the details! [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 39% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 29°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 8 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Moon Tonight is our annual Observe the Moon Night, filled with lunar lore and science. To prepare, Cadets will learn different ways of viewing the Moon and take a survey at lunar programs! [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: Observe the Moon Night Our nearest celestial neighbor and constant companion has been visited by twelve human beings on six different occasions—and we’re going back! There’s nothing, however, to stop us from doing the next best thing right now. During this night of lunar excitement telescopes around the world will be pointed at our sole natural satellite. HRPO will showcase the best historical lunar imagery, fascinating displays describing fact-finding missions, Apollo landings, myths and little-known facts about the Moon. Telescope viewing will occur as usual, with the Moon taking precedence. Join us, and sketch the Moon while you’re here! [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

Monday, 10 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 interested parties to attend.
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, 14 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Fall Sky BREC 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! [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 gibbous Moon will be 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 48°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 15 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.]
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 Full Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 41°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 21 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The August Flood: How Rare is Rare? Very few of us did not have a family member, friend or property directly affected by the devastating flood of mid-August. WAFB Chief Meteorologist Jay Grymes summarizes the flood stage and rain amount estimates and explains whether we should be wary of another such event in the near future. [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, 22 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 12 This mission lasted from September 2005 to April 2006. The crew members were Commander Bill Macarthur with Valery Tokarev and Gregory Olsen. Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample astronaut menus! [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 the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Virgo♍ at a maximum altitude of 48°. [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 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, 28 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Quantum Physics Quantum physics is the study of single particles and small groups of particles. At this level, everyday matter shows…well, some very strange behavior. We’ll shrink into the region of ultracold atoms and high-temperature superconductors with LSU physics professor Daniel Sheehy. [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, 29 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! [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

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