Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2018 - June

Friday 1 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Next Seven Months Very seldom over only three consecutive seasons has the HRPO patronage had so much anticipation for so varied a celestial schedule. In addition to the Perseids and Geminids, the Baton Rouge sky will see a historic Martian Opposition and the possible brightening of a well-placed comet. [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, 2 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 1 It all begins here, with the first historic mission to the International Space Station. (Cadets will earn an ‘honor symbol’ for every three Expedition sessions attended; there are twelve total.) [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.]

Wednesday, 6 June

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 8 June

7:30 pm to 8:30 om: Sixty Years of Astronomical Ecstasy Older local residents will remember Mike Mulhern. He wrote for the Baton Rouge “Advocate” over three decades and served as a two-term President of B.R.A.S. He will recount the meteor showers, comets☄, eclipses and equipment that has brought him so much celestial joy. [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, 9 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Earth With the launch of GRACE-FO, Cadets will have another cool way of studying their home planet. [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.]

Monday, 11 June

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, 15 June

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: B.R.A.S. Showcase On the 1st the upcoming majesty of space was outlined. On the 8th was a delivery of a personal testimony of past treats. On this night, it all merges with an amalgam of a history of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society’s accomplishments with an illustration of the benefits of the hobby. Also, with the current prorating of the membership, this is the best time of the calendar year to get in on the fun! [No admission fee. For ages six and older. Drinks and refreshments.]

Saturday, 16 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Saturn♄ The ringed beauty and its moons will be investigated by Cadets. (Opposition just a few nights away!) [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]

Monday 18 June to Friday 22 June

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.]

Saturday 23 June

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm: American Radio Relay League Field Day Come join us for participation in the original “social medium!” Learn to send your name in Morse, contact “hams” in other states and find out more about the hobby practiced by hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. alone! There will also be solar viewing, lunar viewing and evening sky viewing during this time. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Tuesday 26 June

10:00 pm to 12:00 am: Saturnian Opposition Saturn♄ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Saturn♄ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Saturn♄ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages. Drinks and refreshments.]

Saturday, 30 June

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Engineering Cadets know that the Academy is very good at promoting the “S” and “T” in STEM. Here’s the “E.” (Will there soon be an “M?”) [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: Asteroid Day Spearheaded by B.R.A.S., this very first celebration at HRPO of this worldwide event will provide for patrons information on the origins of asteroids, viewing them and their danger to Earth. Hands-on demonstrations and activities will focus on the “minor planets.” [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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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, June 1, 2018, 01:34 PM.