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Highland Road Park Observatory

August 2022

Friday 5 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   Curiosity on Mars♂   And curiosity was satisfied and piqued simultaneously! On 5 August 2012 the Mars♂ Science Laboratory touched down in Gale Crater. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm:   Evening Sky Viewing   Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 38°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 6 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Surveying the Earth♁   Study of the big triumvirate concludes. Cadets will learn how precious our home is, and why it may cease to be humanity’s only home. [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit sixteen.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm:   Evening Sky Viewing   Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 36°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 8 August

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm:   Light Pollution Committee Meeting   BRASopen house is for all skygazers, taxpayers, homeowners, business owners, teachers and other stakeholders in a natural-contrast night sky. This month members will discuss with the public the Seven-Year Action Plan and how to perform GLOBE at Night measurements. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:   Baton Rouge Astronomical Society Meeting   For forty years BRAS has educated countless numbers of citizens in the joys of planetary and deep-sky gazing, the perils of light pollution and factors to consider when buying a pair of binoculars or a telescope. Over the years BRAS members have published in “Astronomy,” “Sky & Telescope,” and “Scientific American;” constructed their own telescopes and photographic platforms; been interviewed by local media and the National Geographic Society; and entered robotics competitions, imaged comets, earned observing certificates and discovered asteroids. Anyone interested in learning more about BRAS is invited to attend. [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]

Friday 12 August

10:00 pm to 2:00 am:   Perseid Meteor Shower   The Perseids are one of the major meteor showers of the year, caused by debris left from the passings of Comet☄ Swift-Tuttle. Come learn about meteors and let’s see if we can spot some “earthgrazers.” Although telescopes aren’t needed for the Perseids, we’ll have a telescope available until midnight for leisurely gazing at other celestial objects. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 13 August

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm:   Plus Night: “The Ringed Beauty”   Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Additionally, there will be a marshmallow roast, physical science demos and a sky tour. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 7°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Sunday 14 August

10:30 pm to 12:30 am:   Saturnian Opposition   Saturn♄ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Saturn♄ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Saturn♄ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 20 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Saturn♄   Cadets will investigate the data sent back by Voyager and Cassini, and get a list of viewing dates for the ringed beauty. [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit sixteen.]
3:30 pm to 7:30 pm:   STEM Expansion: “Maritime Mystreries”   This program offers advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments (some never performed on site) take place. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration. Limit twelve.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm:   Evening Sky Viewing   Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 26 August

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   The Fall Zodiac   This is an abridged version of the legendary cycle of lectures given here at HRPO over a decade ago. Aquarius♒…Pisces♓…Aries♈… [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm:   Evening Sky Viewing   Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 27 August

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Soaring on the Space Shuttle V   With Artemis and the Gateway just “around the corner,” Cadets have heard the tales of the launch system that brought satellites and experiments into orbit. This is the fifth in a long series of sessions bringing that glorious time alive, with never-before-seen activities! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit sixteen.]
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm:   Solar Viewing   Weather permitting, safe viewing of the Sun☉ in three different manners will occur. During this time the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Leo♌ at a maximum altitude of 70°. [No admission fee. For all ages.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm:   Evening Sky Viewing   Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 14°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 29 August

6:45 pm to 8:15 pm:   Mercurian Elongation   Periodically Mercury☿ reaches its greatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun☉. This is the safest way to view Mercury☿ by amateurs. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex! The planet will appear as a “half-Mercury☿.” [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 03:28 PM.

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