Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - April

Saturday, 1 April

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 31% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 61°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Tuesday, 4 April

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Cassini Grand Finale Preview Most older kids do not remember a time that the wonderful Cassini spacecraft wasn’t zipping through the Saturnian system. Now a live NASA broadcast will be shown in conjunction with a preview of HRPO’s plans for a special “goodbye” in September. [No admission fee. For ages eleven and older.]
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Stargazers Camp Open House Is Stargazers Camp right for your child? Education Curator Amy Brouillette will host a walk-in session with information about this year’s summer camp schedule and other surprises in store during HRPO’s twentieth anniversary year! Weather permitting, there will be solar viewing from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, and lunar viewing from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older. Drinks and refreshments.]

Friday, 7 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Titanic 105th Anniversary One of the most infamous maritime disasters had a distinct astronomical connection. That connection and the sorrowful history of this event is recounted by BREC Education Curator Amy Brouillette. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
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 90% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 63°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 8 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Spring Day It’s Ms. Amy’s break—and it’s also time for a rambunctious grouping of visual treats and rare demonstrations and experiments. Cadets will reap the rewards! [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 gibbous Moon will be 95% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 53°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 10 April

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting In conjunction with the 20/20 Vision Campaign, B.R.A.S. has initiated this open house and invites all interested parties to attend.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For over thirty years B.R.A.S. has educated countless numbers of citizens in the joys of planetary and deep-sky gazing, the perils of light pollution and factors to consider when buying a pair of binoculars or a telescope. B.R.A.S. members have published in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and Scientific American. B.R.A.S. members have constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms. B.R.A.S. members have entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. B.R.A.S. members have been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society. Anyone interested in learning more about B.R.A.S. is invited to attend. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday, 14 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Dating the Crucifixion It is one of the most profound events to influence Western history. Can ancient texts and the motions of the Universe help pinpoint the actual date? For the tenth consecutive year, LSU physics professor Brad Schaefer returns for Good Friday and leads the audience step-by-step through the investigation in this, one of the most intriguing lectures in HRPO history! Arrive early, because it may just be standing room only! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
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.]

Saturday, 15 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Plate Tectonics Extensional, compressional, transform…. Cadets will learn how the plates of our home planet create mountains and volcanoes! [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 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.]

Friday, 21 April

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Spring Sky The temperature is mild as April’s constellations settle high overhead early in the night. HRPO Education Curator Amy Brouillette takes the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge’s summer season. She highlights the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months—gems that visitors will be able to see live if they continue to visit HRPO! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
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, 22 April

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 4 Continuing our long-standing tradition of periodic “trips” to the ISS, Cadets will construct on a circuit board and sample the astronauts’ menus. [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 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.]

Sunday, 23 April

11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club 80th Anniversary When they aren’t helping in emergencies like Hurricane Katrina and the Great Flood, BRARC members know how to have fun! The HRPO grounds will be used for a special commemorative station, with HF rigs set up for contacts. Our regular patrons and in-the-area visitors are more than welcome to stop and learn more about “ham” radio. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Saturday, 29 April

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm: International Astronomy Day Exhibitors, rides, games, food, music and science are the ingredients in this gumbo! Quite possibly the largest IAD celebration this side of Houston celebrates its eleventh anniversary, and we’re marking the occasion with the most expensive raffle prize to date! [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, March 30, 2017, 01:04 PM.