Highland Road Park Observatory


Friday, 17 November from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.

The Andromeda Galaxy is 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 first-ever 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 at least through the end of twilight, so participants can see damage currently being caused by the light pollution in the area.
*The theme of the Conference will the invitees 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 the official announcement of the 20/20 Vision Campaign as now ongoing effort to eradicate a majority of the light pollution in the Baton Rouge area.

We’ll have assistance from the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, and the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will be transceiving in conjunction with their anniversary contact award.

RESOURCES (Light Pollution Committee):
BRAS Light Pollution Committee
HRPO “Learn Your Sky” Course

RESOURCES (Local Initiatives):
20/20 Vision Campaign
Atchafalaya Natural Heritage Area
Baton Rouge Lakes Project
Baton Rouge Loop
Capital Region Long Range Transportation Plan
EBRP Library Strategic Plan
FutureBR Plan
Government Street “Road Diet”
I-10 Corridor Improvement Study

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

RESOURCES (Natural Sky-Friendly Tools):
iPhone Red Light Toggle
Parshield Floodlight Shields

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, November 3, 2017, 04:22 PM.