Highland Road Park Observatory


Friday 9 November from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.

The Andromeda Galaxyis the farthest object that can be seen by the human eye without the aid of equipment—it is over two million light-years in the distance! This galaxy, the Perseus Double Cluster, the Lagoon Nebula…all of them are in the Baton Rouge sky during the calendar year. But we Baton Rougeans inadvertently block our view, using a curtain of dust particles illuminated by badly-designed streetlamps and other nighttime fixtures. This month the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society sponsors the second annual Natural Sky Conference. Please consider visiting at that time to show support of a reduction in tax money-wasting light pollution.

*Although open to the general public the Conference will be aimed at those individuals and organizations in town that have a direct ability to quelch the light pollution in the area.
*HRPO anticipates having the Conference past the end of twilight, so participants can see damage currently being caused by the light pollution in the area.
*Exhibitors will have displays and answering questions (seen beforehand) asking them what they will be actively doing within the next twelve months to lessen the light pollution in the area.
*The Conference will also see an update of the ongoing Free the Milky Way effort to eradicate a majority of the light pollution in the Baton Rouge area.

    RESOURCES (Citizen Science Exercises):
  • GLOBE at Night [citizen science exercise] (updated)

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 12:24 PM.