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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.

FIREBALL SPOTTED OVER BATON ROUGE

BREC Program Aide Jordan Cobbs and at least twelve civilian witnesses saw a bright fireball early on the night of Saturday 27 February. Jordan has made his report to the American Meteor Society. The other reports include two from New Orleans, one from Zachary and one from Denham Springs.

100th VISIT FOR SCIENCE ACADEMY KID!

Galactic Cadet Maria V. is the first Science Academy Cadet to reach 100 confirmed sessions attended! The program’s certificate aspect began with the tally of sessions attended starting from 1 January 2009. The picture below, taken 12 March at the “Deep Space Objects II” session at HRPO, shows Maria with her father.

Galactic Cadet Maria V. with her father

B.R.A.S. TO CONSTRUCT RAFFLE TELESCOPE

The picture below was taken 14 March. It shows Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Co-Founder Wally Pursell demonstrating at this month’s B.R.A.S. meeting at HRPO the correct procedure for cleaning a telescope mirror. B.R.A.S. officers will assist this week in the construction of the 8" Orion Dobsonian telescope serving as the top prize in this year’s International Astronomy Day raffle.

B.R.A.S. March meeting

NEW ADDITION TO PLUS NIGHTS

19 March is Plus Night at HRPO. In addition to regular viewing there will be a marshmallow roast, ultraviolet coloring, a sky tour and physical science demonstrations. This month introduces a new addition to Plus Nights--the 16OGS telescope will be open with a hand-crafted, $7000 articulating eyepiece standing by for those who cannot negotiate the stairs to the large upstairs dome. The articulating eyepiece will extend the view down to someone in a seated position.

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Last updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 02:49 PM.