Highland Road Park Observatory


Monday, 21 August from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Free and for all ages.

Ten of millions of Americans will view live and in real time the stunning sight of the Moon passing in front of the Sun☉. For those fortunate souls within a narrow track, this eclipse will be total!

The eclipse, sadly, will not be total in the Baton Rouge area. However, the phenomenon will still yield a wonderful partial eclipse of the Sun☉.


  • 11:00 am = HRPO opens
  • 11:26 am = Sun☉ reaches 60° altitude
  • ˜11:57 am = partial eclipse begins in Baton Rouge
  • 12:36 pm = Sun☉ reaches 70° altitude
  • 1:08 pm = Sun☉ culminates at 71° altitude
  • 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


HRPO will provide live feeds from at least three different locations within the path of totality.


Beginning 21 July, HRPO will have hundreds of solar viewers for sale to high schoolers and adults. They will be $2.00 each (tax already included) and can be sold at a maximum of two per purchaser per day. Instructions are printed on the viewer. Follow these instructions exactly!

A thread has been started in the B.R.A.S. Forum for those who desire to post comments or questions.

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☉.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, June 19, 2017, 09:59 AM.