Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2016 - September

Friday, 2 September

5:45 pm to 7:45 pm: Triple Conjunction with Moon Mercury☿, Venus♀ and Jupiter♃ form a six-degree wide triangle; Earthshine and sunspots will also be visible. [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended. This event takes place at the Burbank Soccer Complex.]

Saturday, 3 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Gamma Rays, X-Rays and Ultraviolet This is the first of three SA sessions focusing on that wonderful energy range that makes our lives possible—the electromagnetic spectrum! The first session will highlight the high energy portion of the spectrum. None of the sessions is dependent on the others, but attendance in all three earns the Cadet a Certificate Star! [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 waxing crescent Moon will be 7% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 17°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 9 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Perseid Report This brief presentation will summarize the successes and failures of Perseid peak monitoring across the globe. [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 gibbous Moon will be 56% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 38°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 10 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Visible Light This second of three SA sessions focusing on the electromagnetic spectrum highlights the wavelengths to which the human eye responds, giving us magnificent views of canyons and valleys, oceans and rivers…and moons, planets and stars. None of the sessions is dependent on the others, but attendance in all three earns the Cadet a Certificate Star! [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be 66% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 40°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 12 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 interested parties to attend.
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, 16 September

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Amazing Voyage of Deep Space 1 It’s true…it really happened. The astounding “little spacecraft that could” had three modest goals among many—visit an asteroid, visit a comet☄ and test the possibility of ion propulsion! As more and more distance separated the diminutive machine from its home planet, and one of its critical instruments failed, could it accomplish everything it was meant to do? [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 Full Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 31°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 17 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Infrared, Microwaves and Radio Waves Heat and communication! This final of three SA sessions focusing on the electromagnetic spectrum highlights the wavelengths for television and radio, allowing us to communicate in times of leisure and times of emergency. None of the sessions is dependent on the others, but attendance in all three earns the Cadet a Certificate Star! [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 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 gibbous Moon will be 98% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 23°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 23 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Uranus♅ and Neptune♆ One has an incredible tilt, the other has the strongest wind gusts in the Solar System! The farthest gas giants are described, with their moons and missions. [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, 24 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 11 Cadets will build on the circuit board and sample astronaut menus! [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 59°. [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.]

Friday, 30 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! [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 New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, September 1, 2016, 01:17 PM.