Highland Road Park Observatory

11th Annual
SPOOKY SPECTRUM

Saturday, 21 October from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Free and for all ages.
Binoculars recommended.

[Though there is no admission fee, we are asking for a $1.00 per person donation for our annual drive.]

HRPO May Close Early Due to Inclement Weather

Come visit on this night—if you dare—as HRPO delves into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics. We’ll have creepy science demonstrations, some of which we’ve never used. And don’t forget the stories. Strange sky phenomena…extra dimensions… extraterrestrials. Be warned—we want to make you think!

ACTIVITIES

  • 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm = Vacuum Packed Fun in Small Dome
  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm = Dry-Ice Bubbles
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm = Marshmallow Roast (stories at 6:15 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:45 pm)
  • 6:20 pm = Exploding Pumpkin
  • 6:30 pm to solution = GAME: Adventure Quest†
  • 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm = Scope-on-a-Rope
  • 6:40 pm = Fire Cyclone
  • 7:00 pm = GAME: Ice Giants†
  • 8:00 pm to solution = GAME: Monster Fight†
  • 9:00 pm = Unaided-Eye Sky Tour

All games (†) can garner prizes for the participants.

INTERACTIONS

  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Homemade Extraterrestrial Signals (while supplies last)
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm = UV Bead Guesses
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm = The Mirage
  • 7:20 pm to 8:00 pm = Infrared Goggles
  • 8:00 pm to 8:40 pm = Spectrum Source (with various elements and gases)

DEMONSTRATIONS

  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Creepy Chlorophyll
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Fossils
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Eye Model Optical Laser
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm = X-Ray Films

AVAILABLE CELESTIAL OBJECTS AND EVENTS

  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm = Earthshine on Moon
  • 6:55 pm = Iridium #10 Flare**
  • 7:10 pm to 7:20 pm = Hubble Space Telescope Visible Pass**
  • 7:20 pm to 7:25 pm = Breeze-M Rocket Body Visible Pass**
  • 7:30 pm to 7:45 pm = Cosmos 1726 Visible Pass**
  • 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm = Saturn♄ (very low on western horizon)
  • 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Albireo*
  • 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Andromeda Galaxy***
  • 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm = Neptune♆
  • 8:45 pm to 10:00 pm = Uranus♅***
  • 9:15 pm to 10:00 pm = Algol*
  • 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm = Pleiades* (very low on eastern horizon)

All sky viewing is weather permitting.
*suitable for binoculars
**predicted unaided-eye event
***binoculars required

MERCHANDISE COSTS

  • Admission = $0
  • Telescope Viewing = $0
  • Binocular Checkout = $0 to $1.00
  • Red Glow Sticks = $1.50
  • HRPO T-Shirts (various colors) = $6.25
  • Sketch/Etch/Paint kits = $6.25 to $8.00 each
  • Space Shuttle Die-Cast Pull Backs = $8.00 to $12.75 each
  • Metal Earth model kits = $10.00 to $22.00 each
  • Games and Puzzles = $14.50 to $33.00 each

[All costs are tax-included.]

FOOD COSTS

  • Soda: $1.00
  • Leila Lagniappe Pork Dishes: $2.00 to $8.00
  • City Gelato: $4.00 to $7.00
Spooky Spectrum 1
Spooky Spectrum 2
Spooky Spectrum 3

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, October 20, 2017, 05:03 PM.