Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - September

Saturday, 1 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Uranus♅ and Neptune♆ The strongest winds and the severest axial tilt. Cadets will study the ice giants of our Solar System. [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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 5 September

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting B.R.A.S.’s open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky. This month’s meeting will discuss preparations to view Comet☄ Wirtanen. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday 7 September

8:45 pm to 10:45 pm: Neptunian Opposition Neptune♆ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Neptune♆ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Neptune♆ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Saturday, 8 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Computers through History A brand-new cycle of sessions for Cadets begins with the development across the ages of what we now know as the computer. [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.]

Monday, 10 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. LSU physics professor Rob Hynes will be this month’s speaker. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 14 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Geology of Mars♂ As the Martian apparition continues to inspire families and space enthusiasts, we invite our patrons to view Mars♂ anew, with a historical survey of its landscapes. Connor Matherne of LSU’s Planetary Sciences Lab will speak. [No admission fee. For ages eight 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 thewaxing crescent Moon will be 32% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 25°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 15 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Computer Anatomy The second session of this new cycle has Cadets investigate the inner workings of everyone’s favorite instruction-follower. [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 41% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 37°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 21 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Comet☄ Wirtanen From mid-November to mid-January, quite probably the brightest comet☄ Baton Rouge has seen in years will be visiting. Our area has two months to ready our home—by giving the comet☄ a natural sky through which to soar. Do you want your family and friends to have the best view possible of this object? [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 91% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 42°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 22 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Computer Languages The last session of this new series introduces Cadets to the languages that mediate between our English (or other spoken words) and computers' binary. [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 96% 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, 29 September

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 57°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm: NASA 60th Anniversary Party Though NASA doesn’t fund HRPO, the data and resources it provides are invaluable to our mission. Everyone has a favorite NASA moment. We’ll relive them all, and look to our country’s future of living in space! [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the B.R.A.S. Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that did not make posting time for this list.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, August 24, 2018, 12:26 PM.