Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - July

Saturday, 1 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 6 Mission Commander Kenneth Bowersox led the Expedition that helped us cope with the tragic loss of Columbia. As with all Expedition SAs, Cadets will sample the astronaut menu and build on the circuit board. [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: Mercury☿ Weather permitting, viewing of Mercury☿ through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the planet will be in a gibbous phase, shining at magnitude -1.0 with a maximum altitude of 53°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 7 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Wonders of the Summer Sky The temperature heats up as July’s constellations settle high overhead early in the night. BREC 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 the waxing gibbous Moon will be 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 29°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 8 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mercury☿ The fastest planet is also the most difficult of the unaided-eye planets to see. Cadets will learn how Mercury☿’s craters are named, explore the famed Caloris Basin and discuss the MESSENGER mission. [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 Full Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 22°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 12 July

5:45 pm to 6:30 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting In conjunction with the 20/20 Vision Campaign, B.R.A.S. has initiated this open house and and invites all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky to participate. [The LPC meeting is on a special day and time this month due to B.R.A.S.’ “field trip.” No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday, 14 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Uses of Mapping The nonprofit LARSGIS Institute will present an overview of geospatial technology; explain how it can apply to archaeology, engineering and the military; and show an example of “storymapping” with Scott Kelly’s Year in Space. [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 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Summer Day A day off for Ms. Amy means a variety of catch-all demos and experiments not available for Cadets in the regular rotation! [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 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: South Pole Science Americans have occupied and worked continuously at the South Pole since 1956. The famous Dome of the South Pole Station was closed in 2007 after more than thirty years in action; a new elevated structure took over as the main building in 2008. BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop reveals the scientific secrets from the “bottom of the world!” [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 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Saturn♄ The ringed beauty is now showing up during our viewing times, so now Cadets should review the history and majesty that is Saturn♄! This SA session is an excellent precursor to the Cassini End-of-Mission Party in September. [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 New Moon will be 0% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 6°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 28 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Great American Eclipse Preview The 21 August solar eclipse is the talk of every town in America! What will be seen throughout the continental U.S., including south Louisiana? The presentation will cover the science of the phenomenon, safety guidelines for viewing the Sun☉, and future American eclipses. [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 crescent Moon will be 35% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 39°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 29 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Cadet’s Choice Cadets know this session! The only time during the SA cycle the kids choose the topic! During the four previous sessions (1 July to 22 July), all attending Cadets vote for the 29 July topics. The votes are tallied, but the winning topic won’t be revealed until today! [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 Cancer♋ at a maximum altitude of 78°. [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 waxing crescent will be 45% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 50°. 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 Friday, July 7, 2017, 03:12 PM.