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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - October

Friday 4 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Spooky Sampler We’re getting close to Halloween… this lecture slot will be used to highlight a smorgasbord 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 at a maximum altitude of 28°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 5 October

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion This program offers advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years (and some never performed on site) take place. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration.]
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 First Quarter Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 9 October

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRASopen house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This meeting (open to the public) is a sounding board for real-life solutions to the light pollution problem. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. Agenda begins at 6:15 pm.]

Friday 11 October

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Four tales of space spookiness will take place tomorrow night at the campfire, so it’s viewing only tonight! Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the Full Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 30°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 12 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.]

Monday 14 October

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For thirty-five years BRAS 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. Over the years BRAS members have published in “Astronomy,” “Sky & Telescope,” and “Scientific American;” constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms; been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society; and entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 18 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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 19 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 2017 and the constellation Pisces♓. [For ages eight to twelve. $500. per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
5:45 pm to 7:15 pm: Mercurian Elongation Periodically Mercury☿ reaches its greatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun☉. This is the safest way to view Mercury☿ by amateurs. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex! The planet will appear as a “half-Mercury☿.” Mars♂ and Saturn♄ will also be seen. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Saturday 26 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Spooky Session It’s the Saturday before Halloween! Cadets will explore some of the concepts introduced during the Spooky Spectrum and experience creepy legends and tales from the annals of space exploration. [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 47°. [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.]

Sunday 27 October

7:45 pm to 9:45 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.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:45 AM.

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