Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - October

Wednesday, 4 October

5:45 pm to 6:30 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. Visitors will receive preliminary information on Baton Rouge’s first-ever Natural Sky Conference to take place in November. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older. Please note this permanent change in date and time for the LPC meeting.]

Friday, 6 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 waning gibbous Moon will be 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 27°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 7 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 waning gibbous Moon will be 93% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 17°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 9 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, 13 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Space Law From commercial hotels and flights to mining for raw materials, human beings will begin to use space in a pratical manner very soon. Zach Miller of the Hebert Law Center will show HRPO patrons interplanetary space from a brand-new perspective—a legal perspective. [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, 14 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cassini It’s gone but will never be forgotten. Cadets will discover the wonders that Cassini discovered for us! [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 51°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the 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, 20 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The GOES-16 Satellite At The latest in the now legendary group of weather satellites has been invaluable in gathering data on heavy-hitting storms Harvey, Irma and Maria. In his first talk for HRPO, Channel 33 Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel will introduce this amazing hardware. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]
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! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 21 October

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm: The Spooky Spectrum Come visit on this moonless 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. This year also premieres a brand-new engineering section of the event. 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.]

Friday, 27 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Spooky Sampler Yet another brand-new offering to FNLS patrons! The Friday before Halloween will now be used to highlight a smorgasboard of unsettling stories, images and theories—for our adult audience. [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 9% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 4°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 28 October

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.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, September 21, 2017, 04:07 PM.