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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2019 - May

Friday 3 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Skygazing—A Pursuer’s Guide This special presentation aimed toward students and families introduces the science hobby and outlines how print and online resources, and HRPO and BRAS, can support a lifetime of intellectual and aesthetic fulfillment. [No admission fee. For ages eight to seventeen.]
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 4 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Sun☉! Cadets investigate our parent star across a variety of wavelengths. [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 New Moon will be 0% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 1°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 8 May

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm: Light Pollution Committee Meeting BRASopen house is for all skygazers, homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This month’s meeting will include a second review of the outline of November's upcoming third annual Natural Sky Conference, suggestions of ways to facilities section 6I of BREC’s Environmental Sustainability Policy, and announcements of tie-ins to the “69 Days of Apollo.” [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Saturday 11 May

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm: International Astronomy Day Exhibitors, rides, games, food, music and science are the ingredients in this gumbo! Quite possibly the largest IAD celebration this side of Houston celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, and we’re marking the occasion with over $500 in prizes! [No admission fee. For ages six and older.]

Monday 13 May

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting For over thirty years BRAS 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. BRAS members have published in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and Scientific American. BRAS members have constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms. BRAS members have entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. BRAS members have been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. BRAS member Merrill Hess will speak about the life cycle of stars, and (time allowing) also demonstrate the cleaning of a telescope’s primary mirror. [Free admission. For ages for ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 17 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Apollo 10 Fiftieth Anniversary The Apollo 10 mission tested all aspects of what would be the system to put us on the Moon—except the actual landing. Former BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop continues HRPO’s countdown to accomplishment of one of the greatest engineering and exploration goals in mankind’s history‚Ķ [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 wwaxing gibbous Moon will be 99% illuminated at a maximum altitude of 33°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 18 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Surveying the Moon! This lunar trip will be unlike any Cadets have taken in SA history. “We choose” to go back to the Moon—and we’re celebrating the legacy of those who went first. [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.]

Friday 24 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: The Amateur Radio Service The original “social medium’ is over 100 years of age, and still as relevant as ever. Moonbounce, anyone? Award certificates? DXpeditions? They all await the man, woman or adolescent ready for adventure! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm 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 25 May

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.]

Tuesday 28 May

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club Meeting This meeting will be used to plan the ARRL Field Day next month. Visitors are more than welcome to attend. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 31 May

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Explorer Meet and Greet For the first time in HRPO’s history the facility will offer two different weeks of camp for middle schoolers (one in June and one in July) focusing on different aspects of space exploration. A brief but fun introduction to the new activities and themes is offered beforehand. Come see if the Explorers Camps will be good for your kid. [No admission fee. For kids who will be eleven to thirteen in June and July.]
8:30 pm 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.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 01:19 PM.

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