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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2021 - April

ALERT: Virus shutdown guidelines are still being imposed on HRPO. If these guidelines move into a higher “Phase” text may be updated and programming may be altered.
NOTICE: This listing is for in-person programming only. Remote Discussions are currently taking place in lieu of the Friday Night Lecture Series.

Saturday 3 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: On Board the Space Shuttle I Although the Space Shuttle is now retired and several Orbiters are now museum pieces, the lessons learned during that exciting time has colored and informed all future space travels. Cadets will learn about the inner workings of the Shuttle and how work was performed—and life lived—on board. (Part II is on 8 May. Registration in Part I is not a prerequisite.) [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the Last Quarter Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Tuesday 6 April and Wednesday 7 April

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Spring Space Exploration Camp This season’s theme is asteroids. Explorers will launch the Spaceloft and Wizard chemical rockets. [For ages nine to thirteen. $55.00 per in-parish Explorers; $66.00 per out-of-parish Explorers. Limit twelve.]

Friday 9 April

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 10 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: The Periodic Table It truly is a magical chart. Cadets will learn what elements are and where they originated! There will be a special guessing game that will allow Cadets to earn extra door prize tickets. [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Solar Viewing Weather permitting, safe viewing of the Sun☉ in three different manners will occur. During this time the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Pisces♓ at a maximum altitude of 67°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 16 April

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 39°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 17 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Spring Day Once per season we give Cadets all the fun that doesn›t fit anywhere else in SA. Cadets will study the constellations Gemini♊ and Orion and build on the circuit board! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Plus Night: “The Navigational Stars” Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Additionally, there will be a marshmallow roast, physical science demos and a sky tour. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 68°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 23 April

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 65°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 24 April

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion: “Exoplanets” This program offers advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years (and some never performed on site) take place. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration. Limit twelve.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be will be at a maximum altitude of 54°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 30 April

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.


Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, April 2, 2021, 03:41 PM.

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