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OVERHAULING OF HRPO ONLINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN PROGRESS

Personnel are replacing the well-known Calendar function (a cal.exe program) with an HTML calendar. Accessing of the old Calendar by multiple users was freezing the entire website. The new Calendar of Events should be completed before International Astronomy Day; it will probably utilize the same color-coding.

HRPO CLOSED ON 9 MAY

As usual, the Highland Road Park Observatory will be closed the Friday before International Astronomy Day in order to prepare the property for that event.

ALL RAFFLE ITEMS NOW ON DISPLAY

The items for HRPO’s Spring Raffle are in the glass case on the southeast side of the main floor. Tickets are on sale now. Holder of the first ticket drawn during International Astronomy Day will receive the beautiful $200 Orion 4.5” Starblast Telescope.

HRPO RECEIVES BREC 2014 SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE

Many Guides featuring HRPO programs through August are on-site at this time. Do not hesitate to grab one..when they’re gone, they’re gone. The Guide is also available as a PDF at BREC’s website.

MAGIC GARDEN ON DISPLAY THROUGH 8 MAY

Apprentices Rebekah N. and Matthew D., Galactic Cadets Jacob D. and James D., Saturnian Cadet Ordway P. and Asteroid Belt Cadet Taylor C. put together a Magic Garden (pictured below) on 24 April which blossomed quite well within the following forty-eight hours. The Garden will be on display until the Thursday before International Astronomy Day.

Magic Garden

LAST CHANCES TO VIEW JUPITER’S GREAT RED SPOT THIS SEASON

The Great Red Spot will be visible during HRPO public times in May on Friday the 16th, Friday the 23rd and Friday the 30th. These are the absolute last times for seeing the GRS until next winter.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE A TOTAL BUST; HRPO PROGRAM CANCELLED

Only a very few in the Baton Rouge area glimpsed the 15 April total lunar eclipse. The rain predictions from NOAA were so dire that HRPO’s entire public program for that nighttime period was cancelled.

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Last updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:14:53 AM.