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Highland Road Park Observatory

OCTOBER 2022

Saturday 1 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Spooky Session   It’s the month of Halloween! Cadets will explore some of the offbeat science concepts and wacky legends and tales from the annals of space exploration! [For ages eight to twelve. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet.]
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 Virgo♍ at a maximum altitude of 56°. [No admission fee. For all ages.]
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 First Quarter Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 33°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 8 October

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm:   The Spooky Spectrum   Come visit on this moonless night—if you dare—as HRPO delves into the eerie side of astronomy, physics and aeronautics. We’ll have creepy science demonstrations, some of which we’ve never used. This year also premieres a brand-new engineering section of the event. And don’t forget the stories. Strange sky phenomena…extra dimensions… extraterrestrials. Be warned—we want to make you think! [No admission fee. For all ages. Binocular recommended.]

Monday 10 October

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 14 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   Wonders of the Fall Sky   BREC Education Program Specialist Amy Northrop will take the audience on a fascinating tour of Baton Rouge’s autumn season. She’ll highlight the celestial gems that will sparkle throughout the next three months—gems visitors will be able to see live if they continue to visit HRPO! [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 1°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 15 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Uranus♅ and Neptune♆   Cadets will experience the same thrill humanity did when the first up-close images of the ice giants were beamed to Earth♁ from Voyager. [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit sixteen.]
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 gibbous Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 21 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   The Spooky Sampler   We're getting close to Halloween… this lecture slot will be used to highlight a smorgasbord of unsettling stories, images and theories—for our adult audience. [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 crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 22 October

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Fall Day   This stand-alone session allows Cadets to dive into demos and experiments not usually used for SA. Certain constellations and years are covered, and there is construction on an electronic circuit board! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. 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 28 October

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   Supernova 1987A   It has been thirty-five years since this amazing event galvanized professional astronomers and amateur skygazers across the continents. BREC Program Aide James DeOliveira will discuss that special night and what the remnant has been doing since. [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 crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 4°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 29 October

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm:   STEM Expansion: “Spooky STEM   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 waxing crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 21°. 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, September 29, 2022, 04:40 PM.

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