Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2015 - September

Friday, 4 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 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! [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, 5 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House II The second in the awesome home energy series challenges our Cadets! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Mercury Viewing This is the second of three weeks during which HRPO will attempt a large telescope view of the most elusive planet in our Solar System! [No admission fee. For all ages.]
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, 11 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Astrophotography for Beginners B.R.A.S. member Chris Desselles present a variety of techniques absolute beginners can use to take stunning images of celestial objects. [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, 12 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Power in the House III This is not only the last of the three-part home energy series utilizing a scale model from Thames & Kosmos, but also the last session for ballots to decide next week’s topic! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Mercury Viewing This is the last of three weeks during which HRPO will attempt a large telescope view of the most elusive planet in our Solar System! [No admission fee. For all ages.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Plus Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Additionally, there will be a marshmallow roast, physical science demos 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! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 14 September

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 skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky to participate.
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. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 18 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Lunar Eclipses—History LSU professor Brad Schaefer covers a range of incidents involving lunar eclipses changing history! [No admission fee. 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 crescent Moon will be 28% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 22°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 19 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cadet’s Choice This session occurs only once annually. During the previous three weeks Cadets have voted via ballot for their choice of topic. The winner is revealed only this very morning! [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. 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. There will also be a marshmallow roast and physical science demonstrations. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 25 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Lunar Eclipses—Science For the second half of his two-part series, Professor Schaefer notes the inherent science behind this phenomenon of the lunar eclipses, as well as several citizen science activities for the general public! [No admission fee. 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 94% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 47°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 26 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Sun Our parent star is coming down from a fairly active Cycle. Cadets will understand the historic ways the Sun has been studied, and the current spacecraft now returning real-time data. [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 period. During this time the Sun will be in the constellation Virgo at a maximum altitude of 58°. [No admission fee. 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 gibbous Moon will be 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 44°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Sunday, 27 September

6:30 pm to 12:30 am: Total Lunar Eclipse Overnight excitement at HRPO as we open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events! While in the constellation Pisces, the Moon will enter the Earth’s shadow, turning darker and darker—and then??? The actual color can range from dark brown to red to bright orange to yellow, depending on the current state of the Earth’s atmosphere. This is the fourth and final of the 2014/2015 tetrad of total lunar eclipses, and weather permitting it promises to be the best for Baton Rouge. Don’t miss it! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 4:15:46 PM.