Highland Road Park Observatory



Saturday, 24 February from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
No admission fee. For ages six and older.
Solar and lunar viewings included!
Simultaneous rocket launch!

For the ninth 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.

ACTIVITIES (partial list)

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.


Chemist Mario Lozanov’s City Gelato cart will be on site. Mr. Lozanov regularly experiments with various flavors, so give your taste buds a heads-up!


  • Solar viewing will take place from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm! Come see our parent star through HRPO’s Coronado Solar Max II!
  • Lunar viewing will take place from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm. Have you ever seen a magnified daytime waxing gibbous Moon? Our nearest celestial neighbor tinted with the shade of a blue springtime sky is a sight to behold!
  • Finally, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm attempted viewing of Venus♀ will take place. The often elusive planet will be over ten degrees removed from the disk of the Sun☉ and shine in the evening twilight at almost magnitude -4!


The Rocket Range bid deadline will be at 5:29 pm. The launch will be immediately after at the front of the property!


As an added bonus, Dr. David Young will be on hand post-celebration at 6:15 pm to give a presentation on the uses of alternative energy and how nanotechnology can help!


  • Nanotechnology Activities and Lecture = $0.00
  • Sky Viewing = $0.00
  • Gelato = $4.00 to $7.00
  • HRPO T-Shirts (blue, gray, green, mustard, purple) = $6.25, tax included
  • Rocket Bids = starting at $9.00 [$32.00 automatic win; cash and check only]
  • Metal Earth Construction Kits = $11.00 to $22.00, tax included
  • Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty = $12.25 to $15.50, tax included

Sponsors of this NanoDays event include LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, and the Society of Physics Students.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 11:36 AM.