Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - July

Tuesday 3 July

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting B.R.A.S.’s open house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in the night sky. This month’s meeting will continue to update the initiative to lessen the sources of skyglow in Baton Rouge. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday 6 July

8:00 pm to 10:00 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, 7 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mercury☿ The swiftest planet in the Solar System is soon to have an evening elongation, and this session is the perfect chance for Cadets to understand what that is and how to see it! [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 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.]

Monday, 9 July

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.]

Wednesday 11 July

7:45 pm to 9:15 pm: Mercurian Elongation Periodically Mercury☿ reaches its greatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun☉. This is the safest way to view Mercury☿ by amateurs. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex! The planet will appear as a "half-Mercury☿". Venus♀, Jupiter♃ and Saturn♄ will also be seen. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Friday 13 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 waxing crescent Moon will be 1% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 4°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 14 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—including a Mars mission simulation! [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 6% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 27°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 20 July

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Before the Big Bang Is it possible to known what occurred before the most profound event in our Universe’s existence. LSU physicist Parampreet Singh presents one of the most evocative talks of the year! [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 63% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 48°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 21 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Mars♂ All this month (and before) Baton Rougeans have watched the Red Planet brighten and grow in angular size. Cadets will prepare for the Great Martian Opposition. [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 80°. [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 Moon will be 72% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 45°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Stargazers Camp (Radio and Asteroids) This is the challenging session, for those children who are up to the task. Cleverly created mind-building activities, special access to certain demonstrations, electronic experiments and a unique field trip put this session head-and-shoulders above the others. It’s so advanced, the staff hesitates to call it “camp!” [For ages eleven to thirteen. $120.00 per in-parish Camper; $144.00 per out-of-parish Camper.]

Thursday 26 July

6:30 pm to 12:30 am: Great Martian Opposition Mars♂ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Mars♂ in fifteen years! Weather permitting viewing of Mars♂ (and Mercury☿, and Venus♀, and the Moon, and Jupiter♃, and Saturn♄, and Ceres, and Vesta, and Neptune♆) will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 28 July

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Sun☉ SOHO is one of the many wonderful missions we’ve used to investigate our parent star. Cadets will prepare for the Great Martian Opposition. [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 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 13°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Please also check the front page for special celestial events or live broadcasts that did not make posting time for this list.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, July 2, 2018, 01:21 PM.