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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2021 - March

ALERT: Virus shutdown guidelines still being imposed on HRPO are accessible at the front page of this website. If the guidelines move into a higher “Phase” the text will be updated and HRPO may alter programming.
NOTICE: This listing is for in-person programming only. Remote programming will be listed elsewhere.

Friday 5 March

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 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.]

Saturday 6 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Constellations Gemini♊, Cancer♋, Leo♌…and the rest! Cadets will learn through which constellations the Sun☉ and planets travel, through which the Milky Way can be seen, and which ones sadly are not viewable from Louisiana. [$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 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 12 March

5:45 pm to 7:45 pm: The Edge of Night It’s not light, it’s not dark. It’s that special time called twilight, and HRPO wants to introduce you to it! Are all sections of the sky the same shade of blue? Which stars are seen first? Are Mercury☿ and Venus♀ or the Moon out? Is that moving object a plane, a satellite or space debris? There is no other time like twilight. Bring it into your life! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 13 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Life Cycle of a Star They are born…they send out into their environs and beyond a massive amount of heat, light, ultraviolet and radio waves…then they expire, either with a bittersweet emitting of shells of gas, or an angry and massive explosion. Cadets will witness it all! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
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 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 20 March

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion 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 First Quarter Moon will be will be at a maximum altitude of 77°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 26 March

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 56°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 27 March

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm: NanoDays All things tiny are placed at the forefront in this celebration of nanotechnology! Several demonstrations and activities will introduce families and engineering enthusiasts to this fast-growing section of science. [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Plus Night 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 gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 43°. 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.


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, February 26, 2021, 11:31 AM.

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