Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2014 - September

Friday, 5 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Journeys to the Moon Since antiquity, humankind has been voyaging to the Moon with imagination and curiosity. This presentation introduces the beginner to making his or her own observations. Neither a rocket nor a spacecraft is required! [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 87% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 44°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 6 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Dwarf Planets Ceres, an asteroid the size of Texas...Pluto, discovered in 1930 by an American...Makemake, named after a god of the natives from Easter Island. These fascinating objects are study this week by the Cadets. [For ages eight to twelve. $5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm: Observe the Moon Night Our nearest celestial neighbor and constant companion has been visited by twelve human beings on six different occasions. There’s nothing, however, to stop us from doing the next best thing! 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. There will be a visual, unaided-eye tour of the Moon. Telescope viewing will occur as usual, with the Moon taking precedence. [Free admission. For all ages.]

Monday, 8 September

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, 12 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Comets LSU physics professor Greg Stacy is often at the forefront of new discoveries in astrophysics and about our home, the Solar System. Tonight he presents the amazing recent news on comets and asteroids, including the Rosetta spacecraft's recent arrival to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. [Free admission. 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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 13 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 2 Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers James Voss and Susan Helms arrived on the Space Shuttle Discovery, working and experimented from March to August 2001. Don't forget, Cadets...ISS sessions always include circuit board construction and sampling of the astronauts' menu! [$5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 19 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Neutron Stars A neutron star is the imploded core of a massive star produced by a supernova explosion. A neutron star is so dense, one teaspoonful on Earth would weigh a billion tons! LSU physics professor Rob Hynes will show the audience the inner workings of these bizarre objects. [Free admission. 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! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 20 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: UV, X-Rays and Gamma Rays This is the intense extreme of the electromagnetic spectrum! Cadets could have let it burn their skin during the summer, but instead chose to let it reveal secrets of the Universe! [$5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Plus Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. The viewing will be supplemented with physical science demonstrations, a marshmallow roast and a sky tour. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Friday, 26 September

7:30 pm: LIGO: The Fantastic Search This night's lecture will be from Amber Stuver of the Laser Interferometer Gravity-Wave Observatory. Gravitational waves are predicted ripples in the fabric of space-time, and the LIGO mission is attempting to detect them. Dr. Stuver will describe the amazing cutting-edge science in progress here in Louisiana, and how history might be made soon! [Free admission. 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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

Saturday, 27 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Visible Light We are biased toward this view of the Universe, even though it represents only a slim margin of the information out there. Cadets will study the rainbow! [$5 per in-parish Cadet; $6 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 58°. [Free admission. Solar viewers available for $1.50.]
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 14% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 18°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [Free admission. For all ages.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:38:58 PM.