Highland Road Park Observatory



Saturday, 25 March from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
No admission fee. For ages six and older.
Solar and lunar viewings included!

For the eighth consecutive year at HRPO, big things in the Universe take a backseat to all things tiny. Dr. Juana Moreno and her colleagues return for another celebration of nanotechnology!

When reduced to the width of a human hair or smaller, ordinary materials often take on extraordinary properties. The iridescent colors in butterfly wings are not created by pigments but instead by tiny patterns on the wings. Tinted glass in old cathedrals was made by mixing different sizes of gold particles to create a wide variety of colors. We are just beginning to understand these fascinating phenomena and their potential uses in everyday life. Nanotechnology promises advanced information processing and storage, new medical treatments and much more.

Children and adults alike will---
---be able to see how big they are compared to nanoscale objects.
---understand how a Scanning Probe Microscope explores the nanoworld.
---try to pour water out of a nano-cup.
---learn about nanomaterials used in stain-free clothes.
---have a chance to build models of nanoscale structures.
---play with liquid crystals.
---make fluids part in the middle by applying magnets to them.

Solar viewing will take place from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! It looks like there is still one more good season of solar activity, so come see it through HRPO’s Coronado Solar Max II!

Lunar viewing will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Have you ever seen a magnified daytime waxing crescent Moon? Our nearest celestial neighbor tinted with the shade of a blue springtime sky is a sight to behold! (As a added bonus, Venus♀ will be just five degrees off the Moon!)

Sponsors of this NanoDays event include LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, LSU’s Department of Chemistry, the Society of Physics Students, and the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, March 24, 2017, 02:35 PM.