Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - September

Friday, 1 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence The question: whether there are companion beings in the Galaxy who also have politics, art, music, religion and dreams. The formal investigation: ongoing for several decades. The presenter: newcomer Robert Parks, physics professor at LSU. [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 83% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 40°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 2 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 7 From April to October 2003 Commander Yuri Malenchenko with Ed Lu (there were only two!) performed duties at the International Space Station. Cadets will learn about their mission, build on the circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menu with Ms. Hayley! [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 89% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 40°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 8 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Great American Eclipse Review The Tens of millions of American experienced a wonderous celestial event together. Science was also gathered via photography, orbiting spacecraft and balloon…. Imagery and data from all three HRPO partners create an incredible review of a spectacular day! [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 91% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 9°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 9 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Weather Forecasting Clouds and rain, snow and ice. Heat waves, fog banks and twisters. Cadets will learn the basic symbols and techniques of the craft of weather-watching. [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: 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 83% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 1°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 11 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. Visitors will receive preliminary information on Baton Rouge’s first-ever Natural Sky Conference to take place in November. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]
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, 15 September

4:30 am to 7:30 am: Cassini End-of-Mission The venerable Deep Space Network will receive the final bittersweet transmission from the Cassini craft, as it keeps its antenna pointed toward its home planet while plunging into the atmosphere of Saturn♄ for a fiery demise. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Saturday, 16 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Clouds Clouds should be appreciated. From the glowing beauty of the noctilucents to the clunky, imposing lenticulars…clouds are Cadets’ friends! [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.]

Friday, 22 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Dawn at Ceres and Vesta At the tenth anniversary of its leaving home, we’ll cover the major discoveries by—and the future of—this ongoing mission. [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 9% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 4°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 23 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Storms! There are the cute spring showers that wet the garden’s whistle and keep us indoor reading. Then there are the violent lightning-bringers that have spotters reporting via ham radio and local forecasters issuing warnings. Cadets know—storms are never dull! [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 15% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 22°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 29 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: HRPO: Twenty Years of Skygazing This outline covers the founding, history and future of your friendly neighborhood observatory. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. This is programmed as the actual full November anniversary celebration will not have a lecture.]
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 69% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 41°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 30 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 8 As the ISS crews continue record setting for living/working in space, Cadets investigate the history of past Expeditions. [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 56°. [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 gibbous will be 77% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 43°. 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 Monday, August 28, 2017, 11:44 AM.