Saturday 14 October

Eclipse occurs from 10:32am to 1:43pm.

No admission fee. For ages six and older.

Live views of the Eclipse are weather-permitting.

Speed Limit on HRPO grounds is 25 km/hr (15 mph).

Tens of millions of Americans will view live and in real time the stunning sight of the Moon passing in front of the Sun—our country’s first coast-to-coast eclipse in ninety-nine years! For those fortunate souls within a narrow track, this eclipse will be annular—sadly not in the Baton Rouge area. However, the phenomenon will still yield a wonderful partial eclipse of the Sun!

SCHEDULE [all times are Central Daylight]

9am = {HRPO opens}

9:12am = Sun reaches 25˚ altitude

9:30am = {HRPO issues safety and seating instructions}

9:39am = Sun reaches 30˚ altitude

10:07am = Sun reaches 35˚ altitude

~10:32am = partial eclipse begins in Baton Rouge

10:38am = Sun reaches 40˚ altitude

11:14am = Sun reaches 45˚ altitude

~12:05pm = maximum coverage of Sun by the Moon

12:07pm = Sun reaches 50˚ altitude

12:48pm = Sun culminates at 51˚ altitude

1:14pm = Sun lowers to 50˚ altitude

~1:43pm = partial eclipse ends in Baton Rouge

2:00pm = {HRPO closes}


Inside the main building, HRPO personnel will provide live annular feeds from at least three different locations within that path. Most if not all of these feeds will be provided by NASA. If high internet traffic during the eclipse makes impossible a view from NASA, HRPO personnel may switch to another feed provider.


Projection Device Viewing: $0.00

Filtered Nighttime Telescope Viewing: $0.00

Coronado Solar Max II Viewing: $0.00

Solar Viewers (if still available): $2.00

City Gelato: $5.00

HRPO T-Shirts: $5.00 to $10.00 (assorted colors)


No matter the reason or duration for visit, HRPO personnel always expects patrons to be on their best behavior and follow all laws and rules.

*The front entrance gate should never be blocked by a vehicle, whether or not HRPO is open. Law enforcement has issued citations in the past.

*Please do not set up your lawn chair or blanket without receiving direction from staff. Visitors may only use the grass area south of the 20OGS and 16OGS building. Please do not sit or lie down on any concrete (pad or sidewalk), as your body would be a tripping hazard.

*If a telescope is not in operation, please do not handle it in any way. If a telescope is in operation, please wait until it’s your turn and place your eye to the eyepiece without touching the telescope.

*No glass containers are allowed.

*Pets and animals must remain under control and on a leash at all times.

*Litter and refuse are to be placed in proper receptacles.

*Food and drink are not allowed in either telescope dome.

*Alcohol, smoking and loud music are not allowed. Please utilize headphones or earphones so that only you hear your music.


HRPO currently is selling solar viewers. They are $2.00 each (tax included) and are sold at a maximum of two per visitor per day. The purchaser must be at least twelve years of age. Instructions for use are printed on the viewer. Follow these instructions exactly! [NOTE: Please do not rely on showing up early on 14 October to get a factory-made viewer. We have a limited number. Start the construction of your homemade projection device now!]


Viewing a solar eclipse can be dangerous for one’s eyesight if not performed correctly. The BRAS Forum thread lists a number of safe ways to view the Sun.

*Do not use sunglasses (even polarized ones).

*Do not attempt to use your hand to cover a portion of the Sun.

*Do not attempt to “glance quickly” in the direction of the Sun.

*Do not use a solar viewer (eclipse glasses) together with a magnifying device.



The heading of this page is a hyperlink to a BRAS Forum thread. This thread is constantly updated with information on…

…live feeds.

…peripheral news stories.

…projection device construction instructions.

…current weather forecasts.

Check this thread at least twice before 14 October.