Highland Road Park Observatory

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE

Sunday, 27 September from 6:30 pm to 12:30 am
Binoculars strongly recommended

SUMMARY

Overnight excitement at HRPO as we open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events! While in the constellation Pisces, the Moon will enter the Earth’s shadow, turning darker and darker—and then??? The actual color can range from dark brown to red to bright orange to yellow, depending on the current state of the Earth’s atmosphere. This is the fourth and final of the 2014/2015 tetrad of total lunar eclipses, and weather permitting it promises to be the best for Baton Rouge. Don’t miss it!

TIMELINE

Partial Eclipse Begins: 8:07 pm CDT
Total Eclipse Begins: 9:11 pm CDT
«Point of Greatest Eclipse: 9:48 pm CDT»
Total Eclipse Ends: 10:23 pm CDT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 11:27 pm CDT
The partial and total eclipse will be easily visible to the unaided eye. HRPO property is the only part of Highland Road Park on which the public will be allowed after sunset.

OTHER CELESTIAL OBJECTS

* The Moon will happen to be between Uranus and Neptune this night. During the full eclipse, viewing of Uranus and Neptune will take place.
* During the last hour of this viewing period patrons will get a sneak preview of one of the most beloved winter sights—the Pleiades star cluster.

WHERE TO VIEW ON HRPO PROPERTY

Please do not set up your lawn chair or blanket without receiving direction from staff. Visitors may use only the lawn area south of the 16OGS building. Please do not use any concrete for sitting or lying as that creates a tripping hazard.

RETAINING NIGHT VISION

No white lights are allowed. White light destroys night vision. Please keep headlights off. Please outfit your white flashlights with red construction paper, a red stretch balloon, red cellophane (several layers may be needed to make the light suitably dim) or a thin coat of red nail polish. Please do not use camera flashes, bright camera readouts or cell phones outside or in telescope domes. Red glow sticks will be available from the front desk for $1.50 each.

HRPO-RUN EQUIPMENT

If a telescope is not in operation, please do not handle it in any way. If a telescope is in operation, please wait until it’s your turn and place your eye to the eyepiece without touching the telescope.

BRINGING PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Personally-owned equipment which must be placed on the ground for use (such as camera tripods or telescopes) is not allowed by the general public. Handheld binoculars, however, are allowed and encouraged.

MISCELLANEOUS RULES

* No glass containers are allowed.
* Pets must remain under control and on a leash at all times.
* Running is not allowed outside at night, or inside at any time.
* Alcohol, smoking and loud music are not allowed. Please utilize headphones or earphones so that only you hear your music.

ENDING THE VIEWING SESSION

It is disallowed for any person to be on BREC property during dark, unless at an event staffed by personnel. HRPO grounds are the only BREC property on which the public is invited for this event. There will be no remaining on HRPO grounds after 12:30 am.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, August 20, 2015 3:11:24 PM.