Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - February

Friday, 3 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: 2016—The Space Year in Review The death of a legend…an arrival at Jupiter…the detection of further proof of relativity. Which was your favorite story of 2016? Which was the most profound? [This lecture was postponed from 6 January due to harsh weather. 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 First Quarter Moon will be 50% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 50°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 4 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Calendars and Time Keepers Years, months and days. We can’t turn back time but we can mark it. Cadets will learn how we’ve been doing it all throughout the…time periods. [Due to harsh weather in early January, this session was shifted from its original 14 January slot. For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Planet Time: Venus♀ Weather permitting, viewing of Venus♀ through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the planet will be in a crescent phase, shining at magnitude -4.6 with a maximum altitude of 51°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 10 February

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse The Moon will enter only the lighter-shaded portion of the Earth♁’s shadow, as opposed to the rich and dark shadow that causes the better known partial and total eclipses. The Moon will already have been immersed in the penumbra by the time it rises in Baton Rouge. However, Baton Rougeans will be able to see (if they look carefully) the Moon slide out of the penumbra. [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular strongly recommended.]

Saturday, 11 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 2 From March to August 2001 Commander Yuri Usachev, with Susan Helms and James Voss performed duties at the International Space Station. Cadets will learn about their mission, build on the circuit board and sample the ISS menu! [Due to harsh weather in early January, this session was shifted from its original 4 February slot. For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
4:45 pm to 6:45 pm: Planet Time: Venus♀ Weather permitting, viewing of Venus♀ through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the planet will be in a crescent phase, shining at magnitude -4.6 with a maximum altitude of 54°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 13 February

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, 17 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Supernova 1987A The light from one of the most astounding events witnessed by modern people reached Earth♁ thirty years ago. We’ll celebrate this jawdropping spectacle by reliving the story of its discovery and hopefully inspire others to go out and look for new happenings in the sky. [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, 18 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mercury and Gemini The first two manned American space missions have their own history and legend. Cadets will learn the background of the famed solo and partnered spaceflights! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Plus 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 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.]

Friday, 24 February

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Jupiter♃ The characteristics and moons of Jupiter♃ will be highlighted. Then an overview of the upcoming evening apparition for this year will be shown. [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 New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 25 February

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Apollo Beginning in the 1960s and lasting (sadly) only until 1972, three-man trips into orbit around and onto the surface of the Moon was accomplished! No Cadet alive today saw them as they happened. [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 Aquarius♒ at a maximum altitude of 48°. [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.. Additionally, there will be a marshmallow roast, physical science demos and a sky tour. 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.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 05:28 PM.