Highland Road Park Observatory


Monday, 21 August
Event takes place from 11:57 am to 2:54 pm
No admission fee. For all ages.
Live views of the Eclipse are weather-permitting.
Speed Limit on HRPO grounds is 25 km/hr (15 mph).

Tens of millions of Americans will view live and in real time the stunning sight of the Moon passing in front of the Sun☉—our country’s first coast-to-coast eclipse in ninety-nine years! For those fortunate souls within a narrow track, this eclipse will be total—sadly not in the Baton Rouge area. However, the phenomenon will still yield a wonderful partial eclipse of the Sun. The two large telescope domes will not be utilized, but if time permits personnel will give at least one tour of the large dome.


  • 8:45 am = HRPO opens
  • 9:00 am = last batch of solar viewers go on sale
  • 11:00 am = HRPO issues safety and seating instructions
  • 11:26 am = Sun☉ reaches 60° altitude
  • ˜11:57 am = partial eclipse begins in Baton Rouge
  • ˜12:30 pm to 2:30 pm = performance by Billy Callaway
  • 12:36 pm = Sun☉ reaches 70° altitude
  • 1:08 pm = Sun☉ culminates at 71° altitude
  • ˜1:29 pm = maximum coverage of Sun☉ by the Moon
  • 1:39 pm = Sun☉ lowers to 70° altitude
  • 2:49 pm = Sun☉ lowers to 60° altitude
  • ˜2:54 pm = partial eclipse ends in Baton Rouge
  • 3:00 pm = HRPO closes


Inside the main building, HRPO personnel will provide live totality feeds from at least three different locations within the path of totality. Most if not all of these feeds will be provided by NASA. If high internet traffic during the eclipse makes impossible a view from NASA, HRPO personnel may switch to another feed provider.


  • Projection Device Viewing: $0.00
  • Filtered Nighttime Telescope Viewing: $0.00
  • Coronado Solar Max II Viewing: $0.00
  • Soda: $1.00
  • HRPO T-Shirts: $6.25 (assorted colors)
  • Leila Lagniappe Pork Dishes: $2.00 to $8.00
  • City Gelato: $4.00 to $7.00
  • Metal Earth Model Kits: $10.00 to $22.00


No matter the reason or duration for visit, HRPO personnel always expects patrons to be on their best behavior and follow all laws and rules.

  • The front entrance gate should never be blocked by a vehicle, whether or not HRPO is open. Law enforcement has issued citations in the past.
  • Please do not set up your lawn chair or blanket without receiving direction from staff. Visitors may only use the grass area south of the 20OGS and 16OGS building. Please do not sit or lie down on any concrete (pad or sidewalk), as your body would be a tripping hazard.
  • If a telescope is not in operation, please do not handle it in any way. If a telescope is in operation, please wait until it’s your turn and place your eye to the eyepiece without touching the telescope.
  • No glass containers are allowed.
  • Pets and animals must remain under control and on a leash at all times.
  • Litter and refuse are to be placed in proper receptacles.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in either telescope dome.
  • Alcohol, smoking and loud music are not allowed. Please utilize headphones or earphones so that only you hear your music.


For as long as they last, HRPO will sell solar viewers on site the day of the eclipse at 9:00 am (as stated on www.time.gov). They will be $2.00 each (tax included) and can be sold at a maximum of two per on-site adult. Cash is preferred. Instructions are printed on the viewer. Follow these instructions exactly! [NOTE: Please do not rely on showing up early enough to get a factory-made viewer. We have a limited number. Start the construction of your homemade projection device now!]


For at least a portion of the event Billy Callaway will create “ambient sonic landscapes with an electric guitar and a small amplifier.”


Professor Marty Horn will attempt to measure the Sun☉’s magnetic field during the Eclipse event. (This aspect of the event will not be visual.)


Spearheaded by HRPO Camp Director John LeBlanc and his wife Nancy, HRPO will have a deposit bin on site during the Eclipse for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Viewing the eclipse can be dangerous for one’s eyesight if not performed correctly. The B.R.A.S. Forum thread lists a number of safe ways to view the eclipse (and actually, to view the Sun☉ in general). Do not use sunglasses, do not attempt to use your hand to cover a portion of the Sun☉, and do not attempt to “glance quickly” in the direction of the Sun☉.


The heading of this page is a hyperlink to a BRAS Forum thread. This thread is constantly updated with information on…
…live feeds.
…peripheral news stories.
…projection device construction instructions.
…current weather forecasts.
Follow this thread daily until Monday.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, August 17, 2017, 05:29 PM.