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Highland Road Park Observatory

MAY 2022

Saturday 7 May

3:00 pm to 11:00 pm:   International Astronomy Day   Exhibitors, games, food and science are the ingredients in this gumbo! Quite possibly the largest IAD celebration in the tri-state area is back! [No admission fee. For ages six and older. Rocket Range bidders must be eighteen or older.]

Monday 9 May

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 13 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   The Universe in X-Ray Vision   For over fifteen years the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has orbited Earth♁, giving us a unique view of areas of the Universe where high magnetic fields or extreme gravity dominate. LSU physics professor Rob Hynes tells us what all of the data means, and how it can shed light on the evolution of the Universe! [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 waxing gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 47°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 14 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Storms!   This final session of the weather module has Cadets confronting the terrible and frightening power of wind and rain that conspire to shake our comfort. Storms thunder through towns and desolate areas alike…! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
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 waxing 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.]

Sunday 15 May

7:30 pm to 1:30 am:   Total Lunar Eclipse   Overnight excitement at HRPO as we open to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events! While in the constellation Libra♎, 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 will be the last total lunar eclipse completely and easily visible from Baton Rouge for over two-and-a-half years. Don’t miss it! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 20 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   The Crash of the Hindenburg   Eighty-five years ago floating hotels adorned the skies over North America and Europe. This classy and leisurely mode of transportation effectively ended with a horrifying, flaming wreckage in New Jersey. What happened to change the trajectory of commercial air flight? [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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 21 May

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Soaring on the Space Shuttle III   Cadets have heard the tales of the launch system that brought satellites and experiments into orbit. This is the third in a long series of sessions bringing that glorious time alive, with never-before-seen activities! [$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 below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Wednesday 25 May

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 in-progress Seven-Year Action Plan. [No admission fee. For ages eighteen and older.]

Friday 27 May

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   American Space Exploration  The current push to return to the Moon was built on a foundation of individualism and teamwork, tradition and curiosity. BREC Program Aide James DeOliveira introduces the audience to seldom-seen pictures and facts. [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 Last Quarter Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 28 May

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm:   STEM Expansion: “Aerospace Engineering”   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.]

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 Thursday, April 28, 2022, 11:24 AM.

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