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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - September

Wednesday 4 September

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRASopen house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This meeting (open to the public) is a sounding board for real-life solutions to the light pollution problem. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older. New visitors will be seen as early as 6:00 pm.]

Saturday 7 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Uranus♅ and Neptune♆ As the oppositions of these planets approach, Cadets will review the Voyager data transmitted back to Earth in the late 1980s and investigate the possible plans to return to one of them in the 2020s. [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 at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 9 September

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For thirty-five years BRAS 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. Over the years BRAS members have published in “Astronomy,” “Sky & Telescope,” and “Scientific American;” constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms; been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society; and entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. [No admission fee. For ages for ages fourteen and older. The meeting closes fifteen minutes early this month due to the following program.]
8:45 pm to 10:45 am: 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.]

Friday 13 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Exoplanets In an update of his first two presentations, BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs will survey the various manners in which we search for planets around other stars, and he will provide notable examples! [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 at a maximum altitude of 30°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 14 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Airplane Design There’s a reason the first “A” in NASA stands for “aeronautics.” Stories, songs and poems have archived our personal experiences…aircraft have transformed the way Cadets vacation and the way adults work. [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 Leo♌ at a maximum altitude of 62°. [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 gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 25°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 20 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Astrophotography for Youth Judah Santiago has attended several programs at HRPO. He was inspired to image the sky any way he know how, and now he's imparting that information to the audience in this special lecture aimed at adolescents. [No admission fee. For ages twelve to twenty.]
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 21 September

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion This program offers advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years (and some never performed on site) take place. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration.]]
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 Last Quarter Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 27 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Our Birth Stars What exactly is a “birth star?” It is that star whose light produced around the time your were born is just reaching Earth♁. Of course, as we age the star changes. Introduce yourself to a lifetime of birth stars and learn how to see them! [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 28 September

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: The “Wave” Universe This stand-alone session builds a view of the Universe from all the different waves present around us. This session forgoes the standard SA format for a higher-speed rotation of demonstrations and hands-on experiments for the Cadets. [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: Plus Night During those months that do not have a standalone special Saturday evening event, the special event is “Plus Night.” It is the same as Evening Sky Viewing Plus with the following additions: marshmallow roast; filtered views of the Moon, Mars♂, and Jupiter♃ (when those objects are available); physical science demonstrations; unaided eye sky tour; binocular sky tour; quiz /scavenger hunt/task game for kids to earn prizes. 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.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, August 26, 2019, 01:14 PM.

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