Highland Road Park Observatory
HRPO CLOSED THURSDAY, 28 NOVEMBER AND FRIDAY, 29 NOVEMBER
The Highland Road Park Observatory will be closed on 28 and 29 November in observance of Thanksgiving.
COMET ISON INCREASING IN MAGNITUDE
Comet ISON is slowly brightening in the sky. HRPO is estimating ISON will be magnitude 4.5 on 21 November. Kalmbach Publishing’s Great Comet of 2013 is now on sale at HRPO for $7.75. There are only a few copies!
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.
NEW OPERATING SYSTEM CURRENTLY BEING INSTALLED FOR 20OGS
Professor Greg Guzik is overseeing the installation of dome and telescope control systems for the 20” reflecting telescope in the large dome. LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has informed BREC and BRAS that the 20OGS will probably reopen to the public between 14 December and 17 January.
4th ANNUAL DONATION DRIVE COMPLETED
Thanks to all who donated during the HRPO Donation Drive. This year’s theme was “Seeing Red” in honor of the maximum of Solar Cycle 24 (occuring now) and both Mars’ Closest Approach and the Total Lunar Eclipse taking place in April 2014. HRPO received three percent more monies than requested, which means all eight items are coming to your friendly neighborhood observatory! The 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.
2011 HRPO SHIRTS IN LOW SUPPLY
The red shirts (with the stylized, joyful astronaut on the back) will not be reprinted so get one while it’s possible. The cost per shirt is $6.25, tax included. Here is the tally as of this posting…
SCIENCE ACADEMY SEES DRAMATIC UPSWING IN ATTENDANCE
HRPO’s Saturday morning Science Academy program is now the most popular it has been in its six-plus-year existence. October 2013 saw a 28% increase in attendance over October 2012. HRPO encourages parents to sign up children ahead of time via the WebTrac system.
Last updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:28:30 AM.