Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - October

Wednesday 3 October

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting B.R.A.S.’s open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky. This month’s meeting will discuss discuss preparations for next month’s Natural Sky Conference. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday 5 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 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, 6 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. Now that the Expedition sessions have come to an end, the Season Days now offer the electronic circuit board! There will also be a review of the year 2014 and the constellation Aquarius♒. [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 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, 8 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. B.R.A.S. President Steven Tilley will be this month’s speaker; Tilley has experience gathering cometary data. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 12 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 7 Donn Eisele, Wally Schirra and Walter Cunningham demonstrated the ability of the command and service module—paving the way for our trips to the Moon that eventually led to the landings. [No admission fee. For ages eight 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 17% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 10°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 13 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Moon Cadets investigate our constant companion—its composition, our visits and how to view with a binocular. [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 52°. [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 waxing crescent Moon will be 25% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 27°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 19 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Spooky Sampler The last open Friday before Halloween is 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 80% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 46°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 20 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.]

Tuesday 23 October

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Uranian Opposition Uranus♅ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Uranus♅ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Uranus♅ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Saturday, 27 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cadet’s Choice Cadets choose the topic for this week. Votes are tallied from ballots issued during the 22 September, 6 October and 13 October sessions [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 87% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 10°. 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 B.R.A.S. Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for publication time.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:09 PM.