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Highland Road Park Observatory


December 2020 to April 2029

This installation on HRPO’s main floor highlights 99942 Apophis, an asteroid that some feared would soon strike the Earth…

Using an outline composed by the HRPO Manager, Education Program Specialist Amy Northrop and other personnel have created a natural sky display focused on the asteroid Apophis. Planetary scientists at one time thought 99942 Apophis might strike the Earth♁ in 2029. We now know that Apophis will instead pass extremely close—closer than thirty-two kilometers, which is within the orbits of some spacecraft. The predicted magnitude as it passes over Baton Rouge will be about +7. This magnitude is certainly “doable” with a good binocular…and a natural sky. For the next 100 months, this display will stand to remind and encourage local citizens to demand a more natural sky, so that a majority of our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers will see the passing of Apophis.

Apophis Display

Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, January 28, 2021, 01:44 PM.

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