HRPO Natural Sky Conference

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Christopher K.
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HRPO Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » May 18th, 2017, 6:28 pm

On Friday 17 November the Highland Road Park Observatory will host the first-ever "Natural Sky Conference". The form of this program is still taking shape but some elements have been formalized even at this early stage...
*Although open to the general public the Conference will be aimed at those individuals and organizations in town that have a direct ability to quelch the light pollution in the area.
*HRPO anticipates having the Conference at least through the end of twilight, so participants can see damage currently being caused by the light pollution in the area.
*The overall theme of the Conference will be having the exhibitors explaining what they will be actively doing within the next twelve months to lessen the light pollution in the area.

Christopher K.
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Re: HRPO Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » October 27th, 2017, 2:52 pm

The Baton Rouge Audubon Society is the first local organization to make a commitment to exhibit at this year's NSC. We expect at least three or four others will be on site, although several more will be issuing public statements in support of the NSC's goals.

More information:
http://www.braudubon.org

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Re: HRPO Natural Sky Conference

Post by Christopher K. » November 17th, 2017, 4:37 pm

Well, the day has come! HRPO personnel will use this first NSC to receive input from the public, and to show the public...
*how to make their porches and backyards sky-friendly
*how municipalities can save money eradicating light pollution
*how to take a GLOBE at Night measurement

The EBRP Department of Public Works has sent over the current lighting guidelines for the city-parish. There will be copies for the public.

Both during the Conference this evening and during Plus Night tomorrow, the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club will be on the ham waves, transmitting so all lucky operators who contact them will get a special award commemorating three anniversaries…
*HRPO’s 20th
*BRARC’s 80th
*Baton Rouge’s 200th

Also, the 20OGS telescope had not been in operation since the end of September as LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy was replacing the controlling computer. The replacement has been installed and BREC Center Supervisor Jordan Cobbs will be the operator tonight.

We ask that all participants consider bringing one dollar each for HRPO's annual Donation Drive, which ends tomorrow night.

Natural Sky Conference:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special2.html

HRPO Donation Drive:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/drive.html

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