Highland Road Park Observatory
Sunday, 27 September from 6:30 pm to 12:30 am
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!
Partial Eclipse Begins: 8:07 pm CDT
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.
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.
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.
* No glass containers are allowed.
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.
CITIZEN SCIENCE: THE DANJON SCALE
There aren’t too many science projects easier than ascertaining the Moon’s dominant shading during a total eclipse. Simply compare the Moon’s color to a description on the five-point scale below.
CITIZEN SCIENCE: SKETCHING THE EVENT
For adults and children who would like to try their hands at a little artistry, below are three sketching sheets. Print any one of them, and sketch what you see at each specified time. What shade is the Moon? Does it have different tones in different areas of its disk? HRPO will have colored pencils available on the main floor. These templates can be used not only from HRPO but also from homes and campuses as well!
Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 3:02:14 PM.