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HRPO CLOSED FROM 24 DECEMBER TO 26 DECEMBER

As usual, the Highland Road Park Observatory will be closed on 24, 25 and 26 December in observance of Christmas.

HRPO RECEIVES BREC 2014 WINTER & SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE

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

20OGS TO REOPEN FOR PREVIEW PARTY

Professor Greg Guzik and Doug Granger have cleared the way for patrons to visit the upstairs dome once again. LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is waiting for the arrival of more out-of-state components to complete the upgrading. In the meantime, the 20OGS will be open for public use beginning 27 December.

COMET ISON FIZZLES AFTER CLOSE SUN PASS

The nucleus of Comet ISON appears to have been torn apart by the Sun’s gravity! HRPO personnel were to have attempted public viewing of this object but for obvious reasons those plans are now moot.

THIS IS 11TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR FOR THE “STAR OF BETHLEHEM”

Professor Brad Schaefer will return to HRPO for an astounding eleventh consecutive season to give his extremely popular Star of Bethlehem talk. Early estimates are for the main floor to be filled to capacity on Friday, 13 December.

MOST 2013 DONATION DRIVE ITEMS ARE IN

On 11 December HRPO received most of the items funded by the public during this year’s Donation Drive. The items now in are the Radiance Table Lamp, additional meteorites, the LEM blueprint, three Solar Butterflies, the new Mars Globe and the Apollo 11 print. The Apollo 11 print replaces the Saturn print which is now out of stock. These items will be on display for the first time during Evening Sky Viewing Plus on 21 December, and also at the 2014 Preview Party on 27 December.

REGISTRATION NOW IN PROGRESS FOR ADULT COURSES

All six Adult Courses (one Telescope, two Binocular, three Sky) are accepting registrants. Any of the six would make a wonderful gift for a family member or friend.

ROCK POLISHER NOW DISCOUNTED OVER 15%

The Thumler’s Tumbler Rock Polisher (model #100) on sale at HRPO is now $125, and it will continue to be discounted $1 each Saturday until someone buys it. It has never been used.

HRPO PERSONNEL ANALYZING LOGISTICS OF ZENITH II LAUNCH

HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop and other staff have been analyzing the grounds near the Highland Road Park Archery Range for the launch of the Zenith II. Northrop is substituting a streamer for the parachute to hinder drift (although all registered rocketeers will still receive the parachute).

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Last updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, December 13, 2013 1:20:51 PM.