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Highland Road Park Observatory



Saturday 30 March from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
No admission fee. For ages six and older.
Solar viewing included!
Rocket launch!
Game for prizes!

For the tenth consecutive year at HRPO, big things in the Universe take a backseat to all things tiny. Dr. Juana Moreno and her colleagues return for another celebration of nanotechnology!


When reduced to the width of a human hair—or smaller—ordinary materials often take on extraordinary properties. The iridescent colors in butterfly wings are not created by pigments but instead by tiny patterns on the wings. Tinted glass in old cathedrals was made by mixing different sizes of gold particles to create a wide variety of colors. We are just beginning to understand these fascinating phenomena and their potential uses in everyday life. Nanotechnology promises advanced information processing and storage, new medical treatments and much more.


Dr. Mette Gaarde will be on site at 2:00 pm to explain how lasers are used to make videos of electrons. The lecture is recommended for ages fourteen and older.

ACTIVITIES (partial list)

Children and adults alike will---
---be able to see how big they are compared to nanoscale objects.
---understand how a Scanning Probe Microscope explores the nanoworld.
---try to pour water out of a nano-cup.
---learn about nanomaterials used in stain-free clothes.
---have a chance to build models of nanoscale structures.
---play with liquid crystals.
---make fluids part in the middle by applying magnets to them.


Chemist Mario Lozanov’s City Gelato cart will be on site. Mr. Lozanov regularly experiments with various flavors, so give your taste buds a heads-up!


Five dollars (must be eighteen or older) will get a entry in the International Astronomy Day drawing for an Orion Skyquest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope!


The Rocket Range bidding begins promptly at 3:00 pm; don’t be late if you want a chance to launch and take home the rocket! The deadline will be at 6:00 pm. The launch will be immediately after (6:05 pm) at the front of the HRPO property!


Come see our parent star through projections and safety filters!


This variation of the class HRPO scavenger hunt game will allow kids to earn prizes, get discounts for merchandise and more! The players must view demos, find objects and answers to questions—and be fast! The NanoQuest begins at 5:30 pm and goes through the end of NanoDays and into Plus Night


Sponsors of this NanoDays event include LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, and the Society of Physics Students.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 01:20 PM.

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