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Highland Road Park Observatory


Monday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Thursday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Friday, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
or, 12:00 pm to 12:00 am daily
[through 4 June]

Although our on-site facility is closed to the public, the Highland Road Park Observatory as usual has on-site personnel to answer questions about the ever-changing and always-exciting worlds of astronomy and the space program, and about skygazing from home during this difficult time. You should treat yourself and your family during times of clear skies by viewing sunrise or sunset, or the Moon and the planets. You can take a binocular out at night and go on a “sky expedition;” you will find astonishing clusters and maybe a nebula. The HRPO Skygazing Phone Service is ready to give suggestions. Remember, we always have the stars!


When you call, HRPO personnel need to know…

Personnel will then recommend potential objects and events to view. In some instances we may have to call back after a brief period of research.


The phone version of the Service has specific hours, but answering personnel have access to a professional-grade simulation that allows to-the-minute suggestions for skygazing. Outside of phone hours, personnel answering may or may not have access to the simulation and so will have more general suggestions but can respond usually within sixty minutes.


The best supplement to the HRPO Skygazing Phone Service is the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Forum. As of this posting, the BRAS Forum has over 900 threads suggesting observations of these objects: The Sun☉, The Moon, The Planets, Meteors, Asteroids, Comets☄, Dwarf Planets, Stars, Clusters, Nebulae and Galaxies. It has over 75 threads discussing Cosmology, and over 20 threads discussing Astrobiology. It has For Sale and Want to Buy sections. It has almost 150 threads describing Binoculars, Telescopes and Astrophotography. It has over 90 threads discussing the scourge of light pollution and how to eradicate it. In addition to all that, it has over 300 General Discussion threads and 10 Polls waiting for your opinion! The observing suggestions on the BRAS Forum are appropriate for all locations within seventy-five kilometers (fifty miles) of the Highland Road Park Observatory. There are at least six new postings per day on the Forum.


The latest issue of Night Visions will have an Observing Notes section courtesy BRAS Observing Chairman John Nagle. The “Named Stars,” “Deep Sky” and “Other Stars” lists really are meant for intermediate skygazers. The “Sky Happenings” list is very straightforward and can be utilized by most absolute beginners with an understanding of the magnitude scale of brightness and of angular sky measurements.

Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 03:01 PM.

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