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Highland Road Park Observatory


Sunday 20 January from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am


Overnight excitement at HRPO as we open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events! While in the constellation Cancer♋, the Moon will enter the Earth♁’s shadow, turning darker and darker—and then ???. The actual color can range from dark brown to red to bright orange to yellow, depending on the current state of the Earth♁’s atmosphere. Don’t miss it. This will be the last total lunar eclipse completely visible from Baton Rouge for over three years! IMPORTANT NOTE: This event begins on Sunday evening and ends on Monday morning.

It is the partial and total eclipse which will be easily visible to the unaided eye. HRPO may close early if there is an elevated chance of rain according to NOAA. HRPO property is the only part of Highland Road Park on which the public will be allowed.


Want to be a scientist for a night? Within fifteen minutes of mid-eclipse, note the color of the Moon. Memorize what you’ve seen and compare the color to the scale below…

Make sure you form your own assessment of the totally eclipse Moon's color before discussing it with anyone else.


Over $500 in prizes will be given away at International Astronomy Day on 11 May. The tickets are $5.00 each and will be sold during this event. The purchaser must be over eighteen, but need not be present at IAD to win. All proceeds are deposits in HRPO’s BREC Foundation account.

Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, December 27, 2018, 12:30 PM.

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