Highland Road Park Observatory
LAST WEEKEND FOR DISCOUNTED CALENDARS
The last weekend in January will be the last public sessions during which to purchase at half price any of four beautiful wall calendars…
SKYWATCH 2016 TO BE DISCOUNTED ON 1 FEBRUARY
February will be the final month to purchase this year’s annual amateur viewing guide. Starting 1 February, the tax-included price for Skywatch will drop from $10 to $9.25.
SOLAR☉ VIEWING TELESCOPE SET-UP TIMES TO CHANGE FOR 2016
The solar☉ viewing schedule is now set for 2016. Patrons will notice the set-up times for the various viewing devices have been adjusted so that the use times overlap. This adjustment was made to give patrons a fuller experience when visiting HRPO for this event.
HRPO NOT TO OPEN FOR MORNING PLANET GATHERING
Onsite personnel have been fielding questions concerning the grouping of Mercury☿, Venus♀, Mars♂, Jupiter♃ and Saturn♄. Though we encourage as many as possible to view this event from a legal and safe site, due to the altitude of the surrounding treeline all five planets would not be seen from HRPO grounds. Therefore, HRPO will not be open for the grouping.
LIGO TO VISIT HRPO ON 19 FEBRUARY
Dr. Amber Stuver will return to HRPO for her annual LIGO talk. Although several rumors concerning LIGO are being repeated at this time, Dr. Stuver will probably not be able to confirm or deny them.
HRPO MAY OR MAY NOT JOIN “NINTH PLANET” SEARCH
From the west coast comes an announcement of a possible ninth planet in our Solar System. This object has not been detected optically. HRPO is the site of over forty asteroid discoveries. Personnel will soon discuss whether HRPO will join in the search for this (probably) fifth gas giant.
REGISTRATION FOR STARGAZERS CAMP IS EARLIER THAN USUAL
2016 Stargazers Camp registration begins on 27 February. HRPO will host an open house to answer questions about this year’s Stargazers Camp on Tuesday 8 March from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Last updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, January 29, 2016, 03:36 PM.