Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2017 - March

Friday, 3 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Stellar Evolution A star’s life is very dependent on its initial mass. The unaided-eye stars that we see nightly are at different stages in their development. Some are young and blue, some middle-aged and yellow, some elderly and red. LSU physics professor Juhan Frank will condense the lives of stars to one hour! [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 37°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday, 4 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: The Space Shuttle This craft revolutionized satellite deployment and delivery of astronauts to low-Earth orbit. Cadets will learn the history of the fondly-remembered “flying brick.” [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 46% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 62°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday, 10 March

5:30 pm to 7:30 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, 11 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Expedition 3 Continuing our long-standing tradition of periodic “trips” to the ISS, Cadets will study the stay of Commander Frank Culbertson and his colleagues, then 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.]
7:00 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 Full Moon will be 100% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 52°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday, 13 March

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 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Mercury☿ and Venus♀ One zips around the Sun☉ in eighty-eight Earth♁ days and one has a hellish atmosphere of temperature and pressure. From our vantage point, each can go through phases! Why are Mercury☿ and Venus♀ so different? Can we view these planets from our homes? [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 March

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Layers of the Earth Crust, mantle, core. 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.]
3:45 pm to 5:45 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 -1.3 with a maximum altitude of 53°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages. The second of these viewing attempts will take place on 1 July.]

Saturday, 25 March

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm: NanoDays All things tiny are placed at the forefront in this celebration of nanotechnology! Several demonstrations and activities will introduce families and engineering enthusiasts to this fast-growing section of science. [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]

Friday, 31 March

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: NASA Spinoff Technology HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop gives the audience an overview of the fascinating objects and technology that developed as a direct result of the American Space Program. Many of these devices and materials may be at the doctor’s office, the mall—some might even be in your home! [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 21% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 36°. 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, March 1, 2017, 03:35 PM.