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Highland Road Park Observatory

September 2022

Friday 2 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   The Artemis Mission   Whatever happened this past Monday, Amy Northrop (as JPL Solar System Ambassador) will update the Friday night crowd. Were we successful? If so, what’s next? [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 27°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 3 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Deep Space Objects I   In the first session, Cadets will learn what a deep-space object is, and what the closest ones are. [$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 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.]

Friday 9 September

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 Full Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 31°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 10 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Deep Space Objects II   In the second session, Cadets will learn how information from clusters and nebulae is gathered and analyzed. [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit sixteen.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm:   Plus Night: “The Icy Outposts”   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 26°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 12 September

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 16 September

9:45 pm to 11:45 pm:   Neptunian Opposition   Neptune♆ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Neptune♆ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Neptune♆ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 17 September

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm:   STEM Expansion: “Outer Solar System Explorers”   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 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.]

Friday 23 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   The DART Asteroid Mission   In late September or early October, NASA intends to slam an impactor into the asteroidal moon Dimorphos. If its orbit around the parent asteroid Didymos is shortened, we may have proven capability to redirect an asteroid that could harm life on Earth♁. [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 24 September

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:   Jupiter♃   The most massive object in our Solar System besides the Sun☉, Jupiter♃ will suprise Cadets with its magnetic field, its moons, its aurora! [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 Virgo♍ at a maximum altitude of 59°. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Monday 26 September

9:30 pm to 11:30 pm:   Jovian Opposition   Jupiter♃ is exactly 180 degrees from the Sun☉, rising as the Sun☉ is setting. We are now the closest we’ll be to Jupiter♃ this year! Weather permitting viewing of Jupiter♃ will take place. [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 30 September

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm:   Buying Skygazing Equipment   BRAS members give an overview of this year’s economic landscape for binoculars, telescopes, flashlights, eyepieces and filters. [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 16°. 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.


Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, September 23, 2022, 11:14 AM.

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