Originating in HRPO’s early years as a weekly outdoor presentation, HRPO’s cornerstone program provides to the citizens in the local area entertaining, intelligent and timely STEM-oriented talks.
Perennially favorite speakers and topics are interspersed through the calendar year with surprising new guests and new concepts. No expertise in the physical sciences is required. The lectures are aimed toward a general adult audience. Most kids over fourteen have no trouble enjoying them. A twelve- or thirteen-year-old probably will have no trouble enjoying a Friday Night Lecture if he or she has an especially keen interest in that evening’s topic. The Lectures are not for children under twelve.
After the talk a question-and-answer session and a door prize giveaway take place. Then the 20OGS is open for viewing, weather permitting.
The mission known as the Highland Road Park Observatory is a joint partnership of BREC, LSU and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. Any opinion given by any speaker is not necessarily the opinion of any of the three partners.
(Updated April 14, 2022)
January 2008, Clinton Pettigrew lays out the psychology behind the belief that UFOs are extraterrestrial spacecraft.
April 2010: Ilya Vekhter discusses quantum materials.
December 2011: Brad Schaefer unlocks the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem.
February 2016: Amber Stuver recites the exciting story of the first gravitational wave detection at LIGO.
Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, September 23, 2022, 10:57 AM.